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Daniel M. Dauer of the ODU biological sciences faculty is one of the authors of a set of articles chosen as Ecological Risk Assessment Paper of the Year 2005 by the Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA).

Dauer, professor of biological sciences and eminent scholar, participated in an extensive study of the Delaware River that led to the publication of six-articles in the August 2005 issue of the journal. Dauer was co-author of two of the articles, which reported researchers' findings regarding the environmental impact of effluent from the Motiva Enterprises LLC oil refinery in Delaware City, Del.

Research interests of Dauer focus on the feeding behavior and feeding apparatus of animal life at the bottoms of rivers, bays and other bodies of water.

Lenwood W. Hall Jr., a researcher at the University of Maryland's Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown, Md., was the senior author of the articles, whose common title was "An Integrated Case Study for Evaluating the Impacts of an Oil Refinery Effluent on Aquatic Biota in the Delaware River." Another author, Raymond W. Alden III, is a former ODU biological sciences professor who is now executive vice president and provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The editors of the HERA journal said the articles won the award because of their "outstanding contribution to the field of risk assessment and for high quality of writing."

This article was posted on: February 27, 2006

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