September 30, 1914–October 10, 1995
BY LEOPOLDO E. CALTAGIRONE
AND DONALD L. DAHLSTEN
AT A TIME WHEN population ecologists and pest control specialists were arguing, sometimes passionately, about whether populations were regulated by biotic or physical factors (the density dependent/independent controversy) Carl B. Huffaker was carefully planning and meticulously conducting research to gain understanding of the population regulating mechanisms in various living systems and was rigorously analyzing his data and that of others. His conclusions, for which he was recognized as one of the leading population ecologists of his time, were the result of his strict adherence to research procedures of the highest caliber. His example as an imaginative, persistent, and demanding researcher is part of the legacy he left to all who were acquainted with him and his work.
Carl B. Huffaker was born in Monticello, Kentucky, on September 30, 1914. He completed his high school education at the Monticello High School in 1933. He attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he earned a B.A. degree (entomology) in 1938 and an M.S. degree (plant ecology) in 1939. He continued his graduate studies at Ohio State University, Columbus, earning his Ph.D. degree (entomology/ecology) in 1942. In 1936 he married Saralyn Knight of Monticello, Kentucky, who remained his wife for the rest of his life.