The University of North Carolina Herbarium has about 35 specimens collected
by Jesse M. Shaver. All were collected
in Tennessee; the earliest was collected in 1928, the most recent in
1956. As our collection continues to
be databased, without doubt more specimens
collected by Shaver will be found.
was primarily an ornithologist, but he clearly had an active interest in all
aspects of biology. It is interesting
that although Dr. Shaver’s botanical interest was strongly directed to the
ferns, NCU has few fern specimens collected by him.
a portrait of Dr. Shaver, see Journal of the
Tennessee Academy of Science 35 (4):
258. Shaver’s article, “Tennessee ferns of the Woodsia group,” is found on pp.
274-286 in this same issue.
Milton Shaver was born 29 November 1888 near Lula Lake on Lookout Mountain
near Chattanooga, Tennessee. He
graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a B.S.A. degree
in 1915. That same year he married
Daisy Hannah Rule of Concord, Tennessee.
He was hired to teach biology at George Peabody College for Teachers
in Nashville, Tennessee in 1915, an association that continued until his
retirement in 1953. Shaver earned a
Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in 1921, then a Ph.D.
from the University of Chicago in 1928.
Portions of his doctoral thesis, “An ecological analysis of the bird
fauna on a depositing creek bank,” were published in Ecological Monographs in
the period from 1936 to 1940 Dr. Shaver had become interested in amateur
photography and ferns. The two hobbies
went hand in hand, for with the camera he made illustrations of high quality
and adequacy for the long series of publications on ferns soon to
follow… With the coming of World War
II and gasoline rationing, the work he had begun on ferns was held in
abeyance… At the end of the war the biology department [at George Peabody
College for Teachers] grew tremendously in accommodating returning
veterans. With plenty of gasoline for
his Ford [automobile] he renewed his exploration of Tennessee for ferns. Over twenty papers were published, which
culminated in what is regarded as the definitive book on Tennessee Ferns.”1
PUBLICATIONS [incomplete list]:
Jesse M. and Gladys Walker. 1930. A
preliminary study of the effects of temperature on the time of ending of the
evening song of the Mockingbird. The
Auk 47(3): 386-396.
Shaver, Jesse M. 1931. A preliminary
report on the influence of light intensity upon the time of ending of the
evening song of the Robin and Mockingbird.
The Wilson Bulletin 43(1):
Shaver, Jesse M. 1933. The influence
of climatic and weather factors upon the numbers of birds on a depositing
creek bank. Ecological Monographs
Shaver, Jesse M. 1934. Scott's
Spleenwort in Tennessee. Am. Fern J. 24:
Shaver, Jesse M. 1937
Vacationing among Tennessee ferns. Am. Fern J. 27(3): 73-90.
Shaver, Jesse M. 1945. Some notes on Tennessee Cliffbrakes,
Chainferns, and the American Hartstongue. Journ. Tenn.
Acad. Sci. 195-202.
Shaver, Jesse M. 1950. A study of Tennessee
ferns belonging to the genera Phegopteris, Polystichum, and Cystopteris.
Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 50(2): 96-104.
Shaver, Jesse M. 1950. A new fern, Cystopteris tennesseensis sp. nov. 50(2):
Shaver, Jesse M. 1950. Report of the Editor of the Journal of the
Tennessee Academy of Science.
Shaver, Jesse M. 1950. Tennessee ferns of the Woodsia group. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science
Shaver, Jesse M. 1950. Tennessee ferns
of the Woodsia
group. Journal of the Tennessee
Academy of Science 35(4): 274-286.
Shaver, Jesse M. 1950. The twenty-fifty anniversary of the Journal
of the Tennessee Academy of Science 35(4):
Shaver, Jesse M. 1950. The hayscented
fern in Tennessee. Journal of the
Tennessee Academy of Science 35(4):
Shaver, Jesse M. 1954. Ferns of Tennessee, with the fern allies
excluded. Nashville, Bureau of
Publications, George Peabody College for Teachers.
Shaver, Jesse M. 1970. Ferns of the Eastern Central States: with special reference to Tennessee. Dover.
pages. LC: QK525.5.T4 T4 S 5 1970
Chadwick, Claude S. (1961) Jesse Milton
Shaver. J. Tenn. Acad. Sci. 36(4): 243
Personal communication, Teresa Gray to McCormick, email 2012 June 19.