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From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 18, 2008


  • USGS Scientist Presents on Climate Change: Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, will speak to the Galveston Bay Council in Pasadena, Texas, on January 22. Her talk to this group of stakeholders in the Galveston Bay Estuary Program will focus on climate change and potential impacts on estuarine ecosystems. On January 23, Burkett will give the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Galveston, Texas. This group invited Burkett to give an overview of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report and possible roles of the Nation’s zoos and aquariums in species conservation as climate change intensifies. (Virginia Burkett, 318-256-5628, Many, LA)


  • USGS and DOT Brief Executive Office Staff on Climate Change: On January 15 Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, and Mike Savonis and Linda Lawson from the U.S. Department of Transportation gave a briefing to staff in the Executive Office of the President about the DOT/USGS draft report on climate change and the potential impacts on transportation in the central Gulf Coast region. They gave the same presentation to the staff and Principals Group of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program that same day. (Virginia Burkett, 318-256-5628, Many, LA)

  • USGS Helps Identify Important Bird Areas: At a January 17 workshop held at the National Wetlands Research Center, USGS geographer Steve Hartley and representatives from the National Audubon Society, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana State University, The Nature Conservancy, and the Louisiana Ornithological Society gathered to identify Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Louisiana. Hartley provided geographic information system (GIS) databases to assist with the identification of the IBAs which are used for conservation planning and implementation. (Steve Hartley, 337-266-8543, Lafayette, LA)

  • USGS Participates in Arbor Day Celebration: On January 18, USGS scientist Tommy Michot spoke on the importance, value, and conservation of trees at an Arbor Day celebration at the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Lafayette, LA. Students planted a baldcypress, the Louisiana state tree, in their school yard and all received trees of their own to plant at home. (Tommy Michot, 337-266-8664, Lafayette, LA)

Press Inquiries/Media

  • USGS scientist Virginia Burkett was interviewed January 11 by Bob Marshall of The Times-Picayune and January 16 by Mollie Day of Gambit (both published in New Orleans, LA) about climate change and coastal systems. Burkett also provided journal articles and book chapters about the effects of climate change on New Orleans and low-lying coastal areas. Publication dates are not known at this time.

  • USGS scientist Virginia Burkett was interviewed January 14 about her background and career experiences by a freelance writer who is doing a profile of Burkett for a women’s magazine.

  • USGS scientist Richard Day was interviewed January 14 by Bob Marshall of The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) about climate change and coastal ecosystems particularly the expansion of black mangroves in Louisiana and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast.

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