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researcher , Biology educator

Lawrence Basil Slobodkin, American Biology educator, researcher. Achievements include first demonstration of stabilization of species competition by predation; development of theory of water masses in red tides, theory of evolutionary strategy from standpoint of existential game, theory of prudent predation; research in ecological efficiency using calorimetry, ecology and evolution of hydra; research in therole of simplification in science.

Background

Slobodkin, Lawrence Basil was born on June 22, 1928 in New York City. Son of Florence Gersh.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Bethany (West Virginia) College, 1947; Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1951.

Career

Chief red tide studies, United States Fish & Wildlife Svc., Sarasota, Florida, 1952-1954; assistant professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1954-1957; associate professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1957-1962; professor zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1962-1967; professor, State University of New York, Stony Brook, since 1967. Founding department chairman ecology and evolution State University of New York, 1967-1974.

Achievements

  • Achievements include first demonstration of stabilization of species competition by predation. Development of theory of water masses in red tides, theory of evolutionary strategy from standpoint of existential game, theory of prudent predation. Research in ecological efficiency using calorimetry, ecology and evolution of hydra.

    Research in therole of simplification in science.

Membership

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Society Naturalists (president 1985-1986), Society General Systems Research (president 1965-1966), Ecological Society American.

Connections

Married Tamara Jonas, May 11, 1952. Children: Nathan, David, Naomi.

father:
Florence Gersh Slobodkin

spouse:
Tamara Jonas

children:
Nathan Slobodkin

David Slobodkin

Naomi Slobodkin