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From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 2 2006


USGS Researcher Serves as JASON Scientist: On May 15, USGS ecologist Jacoby Carter will “chat” online with students in Japan and Australia about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands as part of the JASON Expedition: Disappearing Wetlands. Carter, based at the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA, serves as a JASON scientist working with teachers and students to connect real world science to the classroom through hands-on research, inquiry-based learning, and mentoring. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media

USGS scientists Wiley Barrow, Clint Jeske, and Tommy Michot were acknowledged for their contributions to the book The Nature of Things at Lake Martin by Nancy Camel. Lake Martin hosts one of the most spectacular wading bird rookeries in North America. The scientists provided bird population data as well as personal interviews for the book.

USGS scientists Tom Doyle and Tommy Michot were interviewed by the National Wildlife magazine for an article about hurricane effects on ecosystems in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Doyle discussed the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and Michot discussed the impacts on bird migration and the barrier islands. The article is scheduled to be published in August.

USGS geographer John Barras was interviewed by Anne Rochell Konigsmark of USA Today about coastal wetland loss in Plaquemines Parish (south of New Orleans) due to Hurricane Katrina. The article app

eared May 1, 2006.

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