Warder Clyde Allee grew up on an Indiana farm, and is considered one of the fathers of the discipline of ecology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1912, and then returned there as a faculty member in 1921, where he remained until his retirement. Greatly influenced by Frank Lillie at Chicago, Allee began spending summer months at the MBL, a practice that continued until his death. At the MBL he served as an instructor and director of the invertebrate biology course, and was an MBL trustee from 1932 to 1955. With his colleagues in Chicago, Allee wrote Principles of Animal Ecology, a very influential textbook. His wife Marjorie Hill Allee, published childrens’ books, including one entitled Jane’s Island set in Woods Hole.