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MEMORANDUM

From: Gaye Farris
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 21, 2008

Department/Bureau News

  • Climate Change Effects on Louisiana Forests and Wetlands Discussed: USGS scientists at the National Wetlands Research Center, Stephen Faulkner and Karen McKee, gave a talk on their climate change research and potential effects of climate change on Louisiana forest and wetland ecosystems at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Headquarters in Baton Rouge on June 14, 2008. The LDWF is responsible for managing and protecting Louisiana’s natural resources and requested that Faulkner and McKee provide LDWF upper-level administrators and program managers with current scientific information on expected impacts from climate change on Louisiana’s resources. (Stephen Faulkner, Lafayette, LA 337-266-8648)

Media Contacts

  • Dr. Jacoby Carter was quoted in a Times Picayune (New Orleans) story on nutria (Jacoby Carter, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8620) (link to story)

  • A story in the The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.) mentioned a student tour of the National Wetlands Research Center. (Gaye Farris, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8550) (link to story)

  • The National Wildlife Federation interviewed Virginia Burkett regarding climate change. The interview will appear in a future issue of the Federation’s magazine. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • USGS scientist Dr. Karen L. McKee was interviewed about her global change research by Deborah Zabarenko, Environmental Correspondent for the Reuters News Agency. McKee provided information about her work on sea-level rise and elevated CO2 effects on wetlands as well as hurricane impacts to subsiding marshes in the Mississippi River deltaic plain. Zabarenko, who is writing a book on climate change, accompanied McKee to one of her field sites in the Pearl River area. (Karen McKee, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8662)

  • Claire Taylor, reporter with The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette newspaper), called to set up an interview regarding the Delta Research And Global Observation Network (DRAGON). (Gaye Farris, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8550)

  • Kari Hall, meteorologist with KATC TV Channel 3, an ABC affiliate, is requesting information on wetland loss from the 2005 hurricanes. (John Barras, Baton Rouge, La., 225-578-7486)

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