Garrett Hardin

Professor Emeritus

Office Location

Dr. Hardin passed away in 2003

Specialization

Human ecology.

• Faculty in Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences Depts.

• Ph.D., Stanford University

Bio

Dr. Hardin passed away in 2003.

Trained as an ecologist and microbiologist, Hardin is best known for his pioneering 1968 essay, "The Tragedy of the Commons," which is widely accepted today as a fundamental contribution to ecology, population theory, economics, and political science.

Hardin was a member of the UCSB faculty for more than 30 years, and remained actively involved in writing and research following his retirement in 1978. His most recent books include "The Immigration Dilemma: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons" (1995), "Stalking the Wild Taboo" (1996), and "The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia" (1999).

Hardin received many honors during his lifetime, including the 1997 Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, which each year honors one retired faculty member of the nine-campus University of California system for continued scholarly productivity.

Garrett James Hardin, died at his home in Santa Barbara on September 14, 2003, at the age of 88.

Awards:
Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science with his 1993 book, Living Within Limits: Economics and Population Taboos, Oxford University Press.

1997 Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, honoring one retired faculty member of the nine campus University of California system for continuing scholarly productivity.

Publications

Selected Publications:
The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia, 1999.

The Immigration Dilemma: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons, 1995.

"The Tragedy of the Unmanaged Commons, Trends in Ecology and Evolution," BioScience, 2 (5), 1994

Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Filters Against Folly: How to Survive Despite Economists, Ecologists, and the Merely Eloquent, 1985.

"Living on a Lifeboat," BioScience, 24 (10), 1974

"The Tragedy of the Commons," Science, 162 (1243-1248), 1968