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Frank D. Day, Old Dominion University eminent scholar and professor of biological sciences, was given the President's Service Award at the annual meeting of the international Society of Wetland Scientists in Cairns, Australia.

The 2006 conference for the 4,000-membership society was held in mid-July.

Society president Barbara Bedford said Day was being honored for several services to the society, including helping to create a policy and procedures manual, working on a strategic plan, initiating diversity programs, and rescuing and running a Minority Undergraduate Mentoring grant. The award also recognized the contributions he has made to wetland science through his research and the students he has taught.

Day focuses his research on influences of hydrology, nitrogen availability and elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on vegetation dynamics in forested wetlands and coastal ecosystems. He specializes in using technology, such as imaging roots with ground penetrating radar, to measure root dynamics.

As a member of an international research team, he is involved in a long-term experiment measuring the effect of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on a scrub-oak ecosystem at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The work is helping scientists better understand how greenhouse gas buildup can affect the global climate.

This article was posted on: August 3, 2006

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