Hope, William D.
Duane was born on June 7, 1935, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He attended school in Fort Collins through the 11th grade, and at the end of his junior year moved with his parents to Estes Park, Colorado, where he completed his senior year. He returned to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University, where he graduated with BS and MS degrees in zoology in 1957 and 1959, respectively. His PhD degree was obtained in 1964 from the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Davis, where his dissertation research was concerned with the comparative ultrastructure and systematics of marine nematodes of the family Leptosomatidae. Upon completing his graduate work, Duane was hired by the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to continue research in marine nematology. His first year of employment with the Smithsonian was spent at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he collected at numerous type localities and gathered data on seasonal changes in sub-tidal nematode populations. In 1967, Duane accepted an invitation to spend six months on a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, where he continued research on the ultrastructure of marine nematodes. In the intervening years he has focused mostly on the systematics and ultrastructure of marine nematodes from the deep-sea and from the coasts of North America. Additional field work has been done in the Suez Canal, the Bay of Bengal, and the Galapagos Islands. Duane served as chairman of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum from February 1975 through December 1980. He also has served as chairman of the International Association of Meiobenthologists and editor of the Association’s Newsletter, Psammonalia (January 1975 - December 1976); secretary of the Biological Society of Washington (1975-77); and president of the American Association of Zoological Nomenclature (May 1990 - May 1991). In addition to membership in these organizations, he is a member of the American Microscopical Society, Helminthological Society of Washington, Society of Nematologists, Society of Systematic Biology, and Sigma Xi. Duane was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1977, suspended membership in 1980, and rejoined in 2005.