A.M. Adamson (1901-1945): Entomologist and Travelling Naturalist. Some Correspondence and a Bibliography, with Special Reference to Trinidad and Tobago

Richard A. Baker, Mike G. Rutherford


Scottish son of the Manse and graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Martin Adamson  travelled the world during his relatively short career, with appointments in the United States, the Pacific, and the  Caribbean. His interests in natural history were broad, including the fauna of the Pacific Islands,  but the need for a permanent job with paid work led him to Trinidad, where he specialised in  economic entomology. He became an expert in a number of applied aspects of entomology in the tropics as well as in tropical agricultural education.

Adamson,A.M.1932.MyriapodaoftheMarquesasIslands. BerniceP. BishopMuseum Bulletin,98: 225-232.


Adamson,A.M. 1935a.TheaffinitiesandoriginsofthefaunaoftheMarquesas Islands.PhD dissertation,Universityof California,Berkeley.205p.


Adamson,A.M. 1935b. Non-marineinvertebratefauna of theMarquesas(exclusiveofinsects).Occasionalpapers,Bernice P.BishopMuseum, 11(10):1-39.


Adamson,A.M.  1936a. Marquesan  Insects:  Environment. BerniceP.BishopMuseumBulletin,139:1-73.


Adamson,A.M.1936b.ProgressreportontheintroductionofaparasiteofthecacaothripsfromtheGold CoasttoTrinidad, B.W.I.TropicalAgriculture,13: 62-63.





Adamson,A.M.1937. Preliminary report ontermitesand termitedamageinTrinidad,WestIndies.TropicalAgriculture,14:141-149.


Adamson,A.M.1938.Notesontermites destructivetobuildingsintheLesserAntilles.TropicalAgriculture,15:220-224.


Adamson,A.M.1939.ReviewofthefaunaoftheMarquesasIslandsanddiscussionofitsorigin.BerniceP.BishopMuseumBulletin,159:1-93.PacificEntomologicalSurveyPublication 10.


Adamson,A.M.1940a.TheworkoftheBritishWestIndies PlantQuarantineStationfrom1934to1939.TropicalAgriculture, 17:4-5.


Adamson,A.M.1940b.AsecondreportonthetermitesofTrinidad,BritishWestIndies. TropicalAgriculture,17:12-15.


Adamson,A.M.1940c.Newtermiteintercastes. Proceedingsofthe Royal Societyof London, Series B, Biological Sciences,129(854):35-53.


Adamson,A.M.1940d.ControlofCottonStainersintheWestIndies. TropicalAgriculture,17: 119.




Adamson,A.M.1941b.  Termitesandsoilfertility.TropicalAgriculture,18:243.


Adamson,A.M. 1941c.Laboratory techniqueforthe studyoflivingtermites.Ecology,22(4):411-414.


Adamson,A.M.1942.Mole-cricketparasitesofthegenus LarrainTrinidad. TropicalAgriculture,19(3):43-45.


Adamson,A.M.1943.Termitesandthefertilityofsoils.TropicalAgriculture,20(6): 107-112.


Adamson,A.M.  1946.  Termites  in  Trinidad  and  Tobago, B.W.I.TropicalAgriculture, 23:221-223.


Adamson,A.M.1948.NotesonthetermitefaunaoftheLesserAntilles. TropicalAgriculture,25:53-55.


Anon.1946.(publishedin1947)Obituary–ProfessorA.M.Adamson. TropicalAgriculture,23(1):3-4withportrait.


Brereton,B.2010.FromImperialCollegetoUniversityofthe WestIndies: AhistoryoftheSt.Augustinecampus,Trinidad andTobago.IanRandle,Kingston,Jamaica.150p.


Callan,E.McC.1943a.Observations  onCottonStainers(Dysdercusspp.)andtheirhostsinJamaica.Tropical Agriculture, 20:113-115.










Kofoid,C.A.andAdamson, A.M.1933.TheDinoflagellata:thefamilyHeterodiniidaeofthePeridinioidae.MemoirsoftheMuseumofComparativeZoologyatHarvardCollege,54:1-136.






Tikasingh,E.S.2003.TheHistoryofZoologicalCollectionsinTrinidad&Tobago.LivingWorld,JournalofTheTrinidad andTobagoFieldNaturalists’Club, 2003:1-6.

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Adamson, A.M. 1932. Myriapoda of the Marquesas Islands. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin, 98: 225-232.

Adamson, A.M. 1935a. The affinities and origins of the fauna of the Marquesas Islands. PhD dissertation, University of California, Berkeley. 205 p.

Adamson, A.M. 1935b. Non-marine invertebrate fauna of the Marquesas (exclusive of insects). Occasional papers, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, 11(10): 1-39.

Adamson, A.M. 1936a. Marquesan Insects: Environment. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin, 139: 1-73.

Adamson, A.M. 1936b. Progress report on the introduction of a parasite of the cacao thrips from the Gold Coast to Trinidad, B.W.I. Tropical Agriculture,13: 62-63.

Adamson, A.M. 1937. Preliminary report on termites and termite damage in Trinidad, West Indies. Tropical Agriculture, 14:141-149.

Adamson, A.M. 1938. Notes on termites destructive to buildings in the Lesser Antilles. Tropical Agriculture, 15: 220-224.

Adamson, A.M. 1939. Review of the fauna of the Marquesas Islands and discussion of its origin. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin, 159: 1-93. Pacific Entomological Survey Publication 10.

Adamson, A.M. 1940a. The work of the British West Indies Plant Quarantine Station from 1934 to 1939. Tropical Agriculture, 17: 4-5.

Adamson, A.M. 1940b. A second report on the termites of Trinidad, British West Indies. Tropical Agriculture, 17: 12-15.

Adamson, A.M. 1940c. New termite intercastes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences, 129(854): 35-53.

Adamson, A.M. 1940d. Control of Cotton Stainers in the West Indies. Tropical Agriculture, 17: 119.

Adamson, A.M. 1941a. The geographical distribution of insect pests. Tropical Agriculture, 18(3): 43-47.

Adamson, A.M. 1941b. Termites and soil fertility. Tropical Agriculture, 18: 243.

Adamson, A.M. 1941c. Laboratory technique for the study of living termites. Ecology, 22(4): 411-414.

Adamson, A.M. 1942. Mole-cricket parasites of the genus Larra in Trinidad. Tropical Agriculture, 19(3): 43-45.

Adamson, A.M. 1943. Termites and the fertility of soils. Tropical Agriculture, 20(6): 107-112.

Adamson, A.M. 1946. Termites in Trinidad and Tobago, B.W.I. Tropical Agriculture, 23: 221-223.

Adamson, A.M. 1948. Notes on the termite fauna of the Lesser Antilles. Tropical Agriculture, 25: 53-55.

Anon. 1946. (published in 1947) Obituary – Professor A.M. Adamson. Tropical Agriculture, 23(1): 3-4 with portrait.

Brereton, B. 2010. From Imperial College to University of the West Indies: A history of the St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Ian Randle, Kingston, Jamaica. 150 p.

Callan, E. McC. 1943a. Observations on Cotton Stainers (Dysdercus spp.) and their hosts in Jamaica. Tropical Agriculture, 20: 113-115.

Callan, E. McC. 1943b. Thrips resistance in Cacao. Tropical Agriculture, 20: 127-135.

Herklots, G.A.C. 1961. The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Collins: London. 287 p.

Herklots, G.A.C. 1976. Flowering Tropical Climbers. Dawson Publishing: Folkstone. 194 p.

Kirkpatrick, T.W. 1957. Insect Life in the Tropics. Longmans, Green: London. 311 p.

Kofoid, C.A. and Adamson, A.M. 1933. The Dinoflagellata: the family Heterodiniidae of the Peridinioidae. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, 54: 1-136.

Mumford, E.P. and Adamson, A.M. 1932. Notes on the insect fauna of the Marquesas Islands. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin, 94: 51-54.

Thompson, D.W. 1917. On Growth and Form. University Press: Cambridge.

Tikasingh, E.S. 2003. The History of Zoological Collections in Trinidad &Tobago. Living World, Journal of The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club, 2003: 1-6.


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