VAN DENBURGH, John

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John Van Denburgh 1872-1924

VAN DENBURGH, John (1872-1924), San Francisco-born graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D., 1897) and Johns Hopkins University (M.D., 1902). From an early age, Van Denburgh was a man of multiple scientific interests, known for his careful and industrious research. His first paper was published in The Oologist in 1888 when he was sixteen years old. Beginning in 1895, while in his early 20s, he organized the herpetology department of the California Academy of Sciences, where he served as curator. After receiving his medical degree, Van Denburgh practiced medicine in San Francisco. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, he was instrumental in rebuilding the lost herpetology collections of the Academy. In April 1913 Van Denburgh and herpetologist J. R. Slevin collected on Anacapa Island together. In March 1918 Van Denburgh, in the company of California Academy of Sciences colleagues, J. R. Slevin, Joseph Mailliard, and academy director, Barton Warren Evermann, along with fellow ornithological collector J. Eugene Law visited San Clemente, San Nicolas, Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina islands on a collecting trip.

Van Denburgh collected on at least six of the eight California Channel Islands:

  • Anacapa Island (1919)
  • San Clemente Island (1918)
  • San Miguel Island (1919)
  • San Nicolas Island (1918)
  • Santa Barbara islands (1918)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1919)


On March 24, 1918 he collected a set of bald eagle eggs on San Clemente Island which are in the California Academy of Sciences (CAS #4673).

Van Denburgh committed suicide while on vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii in October 1924.


» Van Denburgh, John The Reptiles and Amphibians of the Islands of the Pacific Coast of North America from the Farallones to Cape San Lucas and the Revilla Gigedos in California Academy of Sciences Proceedings IV(I), June 15, 1905


» Van Denburgh, John The Reptiles and Amphibians of Western North America. Occasional Papers, California Academy of Sciences 10:1, 1922


Wikipedia ~ John Van Denburgh



Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh YPM March 25, 1918 YPM-131020 Haemorhous mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh YPM March 25, 1918 YPM-136480 Haemorhous mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh WFVZ March 25, 1918 WFVZ-128133 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43698 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43700 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43703 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43704 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43705 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43708 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43709 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43712 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43713 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43716 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43719 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43723 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43725 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43728 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43729 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43730 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43731 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43732 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43734 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43737 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43741 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43745 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43746 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43749 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43751 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43756 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43758 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43759 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43751 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43756 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43758 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43759 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43761 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43751 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43756 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43758 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43759 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43761 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43751 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43756 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43758 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43759 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43761 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43863 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43864 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43865 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43866 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43867 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43869 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43873 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43874 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43876 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43879 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43882 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43883 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 25, 1918 CAS-43885 Uta stansburiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43766 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43767 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43769 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43772 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43773 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43775 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43780 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43782 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43785 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43787 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43788 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43789 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43791 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43793 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43794 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43795 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43796 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43799 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43802 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43803 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43804 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43805 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43806 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 26, 1918 CAS-43810 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43812 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43814 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43815 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43818 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43820 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43822 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43824 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43825 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43827 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43828 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43829 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43830 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43831 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43834 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43839 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43843 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43844 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43846 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43847 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43848 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43849 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43850 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43851 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43852 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43853 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43854 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43855 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43856 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43856 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43857 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43858 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43859 Xantusia riversiana Herps
San Clemente Island John Van Denburgh CAS March 27, 1918 CAS-43860 Xantusia riversiana Herps


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island John Van Denburgh CAS April 11, 1913 CAS-36084 Batrachoceps pacificus pacificus Herps
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San Miguel Island (Prince Island) John Van Denburgh CAS May 19, 1919 CAS-45331 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
San Miguel Island John Van Denburgh MVZ May 19, 1919 MVZ-5826 Ptychoramphus aleuticus aleuticus Eggs
San Miguel Island John Van Denburgh CAS May 20, 1919 CAS-54330 Batrachoceps pacificus pacificus Eggs


Santa Barbara

1918 birds


Santa Catalina

1918 birds


Santa Cruz Island

5/15/1919 CAS herps 1919 birds


Santa Rosa Island

1919 birds