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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, February 7 2006

I. Department /Bureau News

B. Current

USGS Scientist Chosen as Fulbright Senior Specialist: USGS scientist Beth Middleton was recently named a Fulbright Senior Specialist, part of the Fulbright Scholar Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Middleton is a specialist in wetland ecology from the National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA. Fulbright Senior Specialist projects are designed to provide U. S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts at non-U. S. post-secondary academic institutions on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning, and other research activities. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

USGS Scientist Speaks on Baldcypress Ecosystem at Caddo Lake, TX: USGS scientist Bob Keeland recently gave an invited talk at a workshop sponsored by the Northwest Texas Municipal Water District. Keeland has been studying the baldcypress ecosystem at Caddo Lake since 1993 and his research will contribute to the development of a watershed protection plan for the lake. In addition to USGS, workshop partners included the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas A & M University, East Texas Baptist University, Caddo Lake Institute, The Jefferson Institute, and The Nature Conservancy. (Bob Keeland, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8663)

USGS Scientist Represents USGS at National Park Service Meeting: USGS scientist Ken Krauss participated in the Vital Signs Indicator Development Workshop for the National Park Service’s South Florida and Caribbean Inventorying and Monitoring Network. NPS is developing a long-term monitoring protocol to determine changes in several of its parks including Everglades, Biscayne, Big Cypress, Dry Tortugas, and Virgin Islands National Parks. The workshop held in Miami, FL, focused on developing conceptual models and indicators for freshwater and terrestrial ecosystem resources, including mangroves, cypress swamps, and island interior forests. (Ken Krauss, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8882)


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