WIGGINS, Ira Loren

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Ira Loren Wiggins (1899-1987)

WIGGINS, Ira Loren (1899-1987)[SS#565-24-9859], Wisconsin-born graduate of Stanford University, professor of botany and director of the natural history museum at Stanford University. He began his Stanford career in 1929 as Assistant Professor, and was an active faculty member until his retirement in 1964.


Ira Wiggins = [1923] married Dorothy Bruce (1901-1991)

  • 1. Bruce Leon Wiggins (1927-c. 2017) = Elizabeth McMurray
  • 2. Donnalie Mae Wiggins [McPherson] (1930-2013)

Wiggins, in the company of botanist LeRoy Abrams, collected plants in June of 1931 on Santa Cruz from the Smugglers Cove area, as reported in the December 1931 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Leaflet. They also collected on Santa Rosa, Anacapa, Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands. Wiggins was the first recipient of the Fellow’s Medal of the California Academy of Sciences and was among the most productive of America’s botanists. His Flora of Baja California remains the standard today.


Wiggins collected on:

  • Anacapa Island (1931, 1941)
  • San Clemente Island (1931, 1949)
  • Santa Barbara Island (1931)
  • Santa Catalina Island (1925, 1931)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1931)
  • Santa Rosa Island (1930, 1931)


  • Isla Coronados (1949)
  • Isla Guadalupe (1958)
  • Isla Todos Santos (1949)



Island Collections~

Anacapa

1931 plants


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island I. L. Wiggins CAS July 2, 1931 CAS-8813 Uta stansburiana elegans Herps
Anacapa Island I. L. Wiggins CAS July 2, 1931 CAS-8814 Uta stansburiana elegans Herps
Anacapa Island I. L. Wiggins CAS July 2, 1931 CAS-8815 Uta stansburiana elegans Herps
Anacapa Island I. L. Wiggins CAS July 2, 1931 CAS-8816 Uta stansburiana elegans Herps
Anacapa Island I. L. Wiggins CAS July 2, 1931 CAS-8848 Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata Herps


San Clemente Island

1931 plants

2/21,22/1949 CAS herps


Santa Barbara Island

7/3/1931


Santa Catalina Island

1931 plants



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Rosa Island L. R. Abrams & I.L. Wiggins RSA June 30, 1930 RSA-6653 Pinus torreyana Plants
Santa Rosa Island L. R. Abrams & I.L. Wiggins UCB June 30, 1931 UC-496308 Pinus torreyana Plants