Remembering Marilyn Schotte
Marilyn J. Schotte passed away September 8, 2020 in Eugene, Oregon. She was 73 years old. Marilyn had a B.A. from Antioch College (Ohio) and a M.S. from Cornell University (New York). Marilyn retired in 2009 after nearly 30 years of service from her position as a Museum Specialist in our Department of Invertebrate Zoology, where for most of her career she was research assistant for Dr. Brian Kensley 1980 – 2004), and then Dr. Ellen Strong (2004 - 2009). A scientist in her own right, she was very active in carcinology, authoring 40 papers and a book, describing 5 genera and 126 species of isopods, stomatopods, copepods, and shrimp. She participated in many field collecting expeditions to enrich the Museum crustacean collections, and also maintained the World List of Marine, Freshwater, and Terrestrial Isopods and served in leadership roles in the Biological Society of Washington and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She was well regarded in the carcinological community, and well known to give freely and unselfishly of her time to assist others on technical aspects of isopods and other crustaceans. After her retirement, Marilyn was a NMNH Research Collaborator for several years before eventually relocating to Oregon.