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Dr. Dudley Raynal Receives Adirondack Achievement Award

Professor emeritus honored for research on Adirondacks
6/5/2009

SYRACUSE - Dr. Dudley Raynal, professor emeritus at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), received the 2009 Adirondack Achievement Award during the 16th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks in Lake Placid.

Raynal was recognized for his work initiating one of the oldest acid rain monitoring stations in the United States at the Huntington Wildlife Forest, and for many research projects on Adirondack lakes, plants, and forests.

"Dr. Raynal has demonstrated a commitment to the future sustainability of the Adirondack Park," said Daniel Fitts, executive director of the Adirondack Park Agency.

In 1978 the National Acid Deposition Program was building monitoring stations to evaluate long-term changes in acid rain throughout the United States. Raynal was successful in ensuring one of the first monitoring stations was located in the central Adirondacks, and specifically on Huntington Forest. He was then able to keep the funds flowing to maintain that site for more than three decades.

He led research projects investigating the effects of acid rain on forest ecosystems. These projects included collaborations with scientists from throughout the United States and Scandinavia. He has increased the understanding of the impact of acid deposition on spruce, the impact of aluminum mobilization on plant communities and the role of nitrogen in wetland communities of the Adirondacks.

"Today, much federal policy can be traced directly to these research and monitoring initiatives," said Dr. William Porter, director of the Adirondack Ecological Center and professor at ESF. "We all are fortunate to have had a man of Dr. Raynals character working on behalf of the Adirondacks."

Raynal joined ESF's Department of Environmental and Forest Biology in 1974. In 199,3 he was named Distinguished Teaching Professor and in 2002 became dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies. He retired in 2008.

He has received numerous honors, including the Sigma Xi Outstanding Faculty Research Award and was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also was Fulbright senior lecturer at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1999.

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