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From: Gaye Farris
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 28, 2008

Department/Bureau News

  • Scientists organize INTECOL symposium on global change and wetlands: USGS scientists Beth Middleton and Karen McKee co-organized a symposium on “Global Change and the Function and Distribution of Wetlands” held at the 8th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference in Cuiabá, Brazil, July 21, 2008. Middleton introduced the symposium with a talk on climate change impacts on baldcypress swamps, and McKee spoke about sea-level rise and persistence of coastal wetlands. Other speakers presented information about climate change effects on wetlands in North America, South America, and Australia. (Karen McKee, 3370-266-8662)

  • DRAGON discussed at INTECOL meeting: USGS scientist Beth Middleton led a symposium on “USGS Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON): large river floodplains and deltas in South America.” This symposium, a part of the INTECOL International Wetlands Conference in Cuiabá, Brazil, took place July 24, 2008. The symposium was the fourth DRAGON symposium on international delta and floodplain wetlands. Scientists presented projects based on scientific research on the floodplains of the Amazon, Parana, Oronoco, and Paraguay Rivers. This symposium provided an avenue to invite South American researchers to become a part of the DRAGON network. (Beth Middleton, 337-266-8618)

Media Contacts

  • Journalist accompanies scientist in field to learn about frog monitoring: USGS scientist Hardin Waddle was interviewed by Claire Taylor of The Daily Advertiser, who accompanied Waddle and two contract technicians in the field. The purpose of the interview and field trip was to explain the USGS National Wetlands Research Center’s frog monitoring program and why it is important and useful for the public. (Hardin Waddle, 337-266-8671)

  • Telephone interview in French requested: Rachelle Dugas, with the Candidature Congres mondial acadien-Louisiana, has requested an interview on wetlands to be conducted in French for a radio program that gives news in French in Lafayette, La. Tentative plans are for USGS scientist Tommy Michot to be interviewed on Aug. 6. (Tommy Michot, 337-266-8664)

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