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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, Nov. 23, 2004

I. Department/Bureau News
B. Current

USGS Partners with SEEDS Program for Student Field Trip: Competitively chosen African American, Latino American and Native American college students from across the United States and Puerto Rico participated in a field trip to Louisiana's wetlands hosted by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (Lafayette, LA), November 18 – 21. USGS scientist and SEEDS mentor Jacoby Carter along with fellow scientists Tom Doyle, Richard Day, Larry Allain, Andrea Anteau and USGS contractors Sergio Merino, Garrett Thibodeaux, and Susan Horton met with the students and fueled their passion for science through presentations, tours, and visits to field sites in the swamp, marshes and coastal prairie ecosystems of south Louisiana. The field trip was part of the Ecological Society of America's SEEDS program, Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability, which has as its goal to build a "grass roots movement of ecologically knowledgeable students who have traditionally been underrepresented in the ecology profession." (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337 266-8655)

II. Press Inquiries/Media

USGS scientist Jacoby Carter was interviewed by the Washington Post for a story on nutria.

USGS scientist Tommy Michot was contacted by National Geographic Magazine for information on the Mississippi River delta and surrounding wetlands. The article will appear in the February 2005 issue of the magazine.

USGS scientist Jacoby Carter was contacted by National Geographic Magazine for information on a map of the native and alien range of the nutria being prepared for an article on invasive species.


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