Lawrence (Larry) Slobodkin (1928-2009)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 3:02 PM Bookmark and Share
I just read in the New York Times that the influential ecologist Lawrence Slobodkin passed away on Friday.  You might take a few minutes and give his obituary a read.

One could learn a whole lot of ecology just by reading the many studies and publications that followed from some of his work - particularly the classic 1960 paper by Hairston, Smith and Slobodkin (a.k.a. the H.S.S. paper or the paper that gave us the "green world hypothesis").

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) awarded him their highest honor in 2005, the Eminent Ecologist Award.  They said of him...
Larry Slobodkin is one of the premier ecologists of our time. He has made lasting contributions to the theoretical and empirical development of ecology. Beyond this, however, many of us have been greatly influenced by the wonderfully original and insightful perspectives that flow from his unfettered mind.


  1. Hairston N G, Smith F E & Slobodkin L B. Community structure, population control, and competition. American Naturalist 94:421-5, 1960. (PDF)
  2. More at the Wikipedia page...


Posted by: Carol Reid | 10/01/2009 11:02 AM

I am not a scientist (although I am a library cataloger: We organize the world's knowledge!), but I was fortunate enough to make Larry's acquaintance on several occasions, due to my interest in the work of his father Louis Slobodkin. Please check out my tributes to both these amazing men at


Posted by: Paul | 10/01/2009 1:47 PM

Thanks for the links to your posts Carol! :)

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