THE August issue of the Collecting Net (11, No. 5) contains an article entitled “Biological Research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography” by Dr. Claude E. ZoBell. It is announced that Dr. T. Way-land Vaughan is retiring from the University of California, his successor being Dr. Harald U. Sverdrup. During Dr. Vaughan's administration, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography has expanded enormously, and since his appointment as director in 1924 he has gradually developed an extensive research programme in biological oceanography with workers in all subjects connected with it. Among the many great improvements an important one is the growth of the library, which now contains more than 14,600 volumes, 1,100 charts and 30,000 pamphlets. Dr. Vaughan has contributed to the Institution his own personal collection of 1,800 volumes and 6,000 reprints of relevant literature besides numerous periodicals.