Boyd R Strain, PhD

Title: Emeritus Professor of Biology
Company: Duke University
Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States

Boyd Strain, Emeritus Professor of Biology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Duke University for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology education.

Growing up, Dr. Strain spent most of his time outdoors, which cultivated a deep love and thirst for knowledge about the physical world around him. This passion has resulted in such career achievements as conceptualizing and building a free-air CO2 release system which releases controlled CO2 out into the ecosystem. Along with a team, he built the first ecologically-oriented, free-air system in 1998, which was the same year he retired. Dr. Strain’s areas of expertise focus on the effects of CO2 on plants and ecosystems as well as the effects of environmental stresses on plants and ecosystems. In his career, he supervised 35 PhD candidates in plant ecology and feels a sense of accomplishment knowing that his work to protect the environment continues through them and their students.

Dr. Strain first earned an AA from Casper College in 1958 before continuing his education at Black Hills State College to receive a Bachelor of Science in education in 1960. He then earned a Master of Science from the University of Wyoming in 1961 before earning a PhD from UCLA in 1964. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke University, Dr. Strain taught as an assistant professor at the University of California from 1964 to 1969. He joined Duke in 1969, and worked as an associate professor and then professor until attaining professor emeritus status in 1998. Dr. Strain served with the US Army and the US National Guard. In his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Botanical Society of America, the Ecological Society of America and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

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