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But he had made up his mind, and Whitman was a stubborn and dedicated man. D. for work on the embryology of leeches. After a two-year stay in Japan, he returned to the United States. He directed the Allis Lake Laboratory in Milwaukee, chaired the department at Clark University, and made his way to Woods Hole, full of ideas and energy, and ready to head the Marine Biological Laboratory when it began in 1888. Summers in Woods Hole Mt. Holyoke professor and former Penikese participant Cornelia Clapp arrived in the very first year of the MBL, in 1888, and found a quiet, tiny village.
Hyatt kept the school going, despite discouragements, until the Woman's Education Association decided it was such a success that they should no longer need to fund it. They had always insisted that they would try the school as an experiment, and if it succeeded it should become independent. That time had come. Hyatt was evidently ready for different arrangements. He loved exploring and traveling and was a fine naturalist in the style of the day, but perhaps he had had his share of discouragingly elementary students by then.
Yet as Henry David Thoreau had pointed out with regret in his book Cape Cod, by the mid-nineteenth century the Cape had few forests any more. The sheep had eaten what people had not burned or cut (and the gypsy moths came along a few years later to carry out the last stages of deforestation). Thanks to the Boston merchant Joseph Fay, who sought to attract other summer residents to the area, the forests returned to Woods Hole. Fay planted an impressive twenty thousand mixed pine, larch, spruce, and birch seedlings to bring back the trees.