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Daniel Bisaccio '76, of Troy, NH, a teacher at Souhegan High School, has been recognized by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) for work he and his students did with Youth Accord at the El Eden biodiversity conference in 2005.

Bisaccio, who earned his St. Lawrence degree in geology, and the students have been invited to the International Biodiversity Day ceremony being held in Montreal in May, to present and read the Youth Accord. In 2008, UNEP is meeting in Bonn, Germany to update the accord; Bisaccio and his students have been invited to attend, with students presenting reasons for conserving biodiversity for their future. In addition, the HabitatNet Web site plans a feature story on Bisaccio's work in its next UNEP publication.

The recipient of an Alumni Citation from St. Lawrence in 2005, Bisaccio has been teaching biological field research courses to high school students for over 25 years. He has developed field tropical ecology courses in Costa Rica, Belize, Jamaica and Mexico, and taken over 500 students to the tropics with him. He has permanent biological diversity monitoring projects in New Hampshire, Mexico, Tahiti, and Jamaica, West Indies, in which he involves student researchers. Bisaccio's efforts have won state and national awards for creativity and effectiveness, as has his teaching. He was accepted into the Smithsonian Institution's Monitoring & Assessment Biodiversity Project. He and his students conduct primary biological diversity monitoring research and submit annual field reports to the Smithsonian Institution. He recently initiated a new Conservation Biology Institute at Souhegan High School.

Posted: February 8, 2007

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