Anker Odum began working at the ROM in 1966 in the Department of Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology as the scientific illustrator. He established a reputation for excellent work in insect illustration and display. He was also known for drawing humourous cartoons of ROM staff. Anker Odum left the ROM in 1975 to persue his career as an artist/illustrator but returned in the early 80s as a staff artist. Anker Odum retired from the ROM in 1988. Anker Odum died in 2012.