In memoriam - W. Thomas Edmondson: A distinguished limnologist and an intelligent man of nobility, generosity, kindness and honesty

Hairston, Nelson G. Jr.


W. Thomas Edmondson died on 10 January 2000. He was a major international figure in limnology, ecology and environmental science. He was also loved by many of his colleagues for his unfailing enthusiasm for interesting ideas, people and music. Edmondson was best known among scientists, politicians and the public for his groundbreaking research concerning the effects of nutrient pollution on lakes. Within the community of invertebrate zoologists, however, he was a central figure in the study of rotifer ecology and taxonomy, and among population biologists he was best known for his development of a practical and elegant method for calculating the birth and death rates of zooplankton in nature.