D252 - Frost, Dr. Winifred E. - 1922-1938
Papers of Dr Winifred E Frost comprising: notes on Euphausian Larvae taken whilst at the Department of Fisheries, Dublin from observations and from secondary sources 1922-1923 and not dated; correspondence on the subject of Euphausian with Dr Lebour (Naturalist at the Plymouth Laboratory) and others...
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|Summary:||Papers of Dr Winifred E Frost comprising: notes on Euphausian Larvae taken whilst at the Department of Fisheries, Dublin from observations and from secondary sources 1922-1923 and not dated; correspondence on the subject of Euphausian with Dr Lebour (Naturalist at the Plymouth Laboratory) and others 1929-1935; volume containing reprints of published papers annotated by Dr Frost and some manuscript notes on Stylocheiron and Stylocheiron Abbreviatum|
|Bibliography:||[Book] The obituary of Dr. Frost appears in the Freshwater Biological Association, Forty-Eighth Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 1980, Ambleside, 1980, pp. 12-13; a photograph of Dr. Frost appears as Plate I opposite p.16 of this Report.|
Dr Winifred E Frost, 1902-1979, B.Sc 1923, Dip.Ed 1924, M.Sc 1926, D.Sc, 1945; worked at the Freshwater Biological Association from 1938 to 1970, latterly at their Windermere Laboratory, Ambleside
Extract from her obituary:
Dr. Winifred Frost died, after an illness lasting some five months, in August 1979. She had been a member of staff from 1938 until 1970. A graduate in zoology of Liverpool University, Winifred Frost spent some years researching on euphausiids under Professor James Johnstone for which she was awarded an M.Sc. She then took up a post in the Irish Fisheries Branch in Dublin where at first she continued her studies of euphausiids but soon became interested in trout under the guidance of Rowland Southern. A series of papers on trout and their food in two contrasting reaches of the River Liffey resulted. In 1938, when K.R. Allen left the FBA to take up a post in New Zealand, Miss Frost came to take his place at Wray Castle. At first she worked on salmon parr in the River Forss, but, with the advent of war, this project ended and she began a series of studies of the natural history of local fish. The first was the minnow, followed closely by the eel and then, with the start of the Windermere fishery experiment, she began her researches on pike and char. Much of what we know about minnows, eels, char and pike in the Lake District is the result of Dr. Frost's work and she was awarded a D.Sc. by Liverpool University on the papers she published. She also carried out projects in collaboration with her colleagues, especially Miss Kipling.
While she was unsympathetic by nature to the rigours of modern quantitative ecology, Dr. Frost realised that they were necessary and persevered in her attempts to master the rudiments of statistics and over-come the problems associated with accurate age and growth determinations and population dynamics. She meanwhile maintained her belief in the need to study the natural history of the live fish in its environment. Though she actually carried out little research on the trout after 1938, Dr. Frost maintained her interest in the species both as a scientist and as a fly-fisherman and was joint author with Dr. Varley of a successful New Naturalist monograph on the brown trout. Dr. Frost visited Africa to work on eels and went to meetings in North America and Europe on numerous occasions, and so had a wide circle of friends abroad. She served on the Council of the Salmon and Trout Association for many years and was Chairman and then President of the Windermere and District Angling Association. Affectionately known to her colleagues and many others as WEF, she was noted for her verbal idiosyncrasies, her adventures with her motor cars and a number of other foibles, but above all for a natural, warm and human interest in all whom she met, which virtue endeared her to many of them for life.
In her Will, Dr. Frost has left nearly all of her Estate to the Association with the wish that it be used to found a "Frost Exhibition".