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From: Gabrielle B. Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 4, 2008

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) Management Council Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) scientists Greg Steyer and Craig Conzelmann will provide an overview of the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System - Integration and Visualization of Data at the meeting being held December 10 in Thibodaux, La. NWRC information specialist David Marks and contractor Andre Williams will also attend the meeting. (Greg Steyer, 225-578-7201)

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Orleans DesCours Architecture and Visual Arts Event: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Tommy Michot assisted architect Andrea Dietz by providing her with aerial and ground imagery of Louisiana wetlands for an exhibit that she will run in New Orleans, La., this month.  The imagery will be deployed in her installation as part of a series of wetland projections emanating from a scaffold installed in a French Quarter courtyard for the second annual AIA New Orleans DesCours architecture and visual arts presentation, held from December 10 – 15. For further information on the event, visit  NWRC scientist Lori Randall and contractors Ryan Twilley and Josh Bridevaux also assisted. (Tommy Michot, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8664)

Departmental/Bureau News -Current

  • Prairie Elementary Fourth Graders visit NWRC: Eighty fourth graders from Prairie Elementary visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) on December 1 to learn more about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The students were given a presentation about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands functions, values, loss, and restoration. Afterwards, they toured NWRC where scientists shared their work with the students. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Environmental Flows Meeting for the Caddo Lake Watershed: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Gregory Smith and Carroll Cordes (emeritus) participated in the meeting December 2 – 4 in Jefferson, Tx. Other USGS staff from Texas also attended the meeting. The meeting of federal, state, and private stakeholders was held to discuss science related to hydrologic, ecological, and environmental flows in the Caddo Lake ecosystem. Caddo Lake is designated under the RAMSAR Convention as a “Wetland of International Importance.” (Gregory Smith, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Science Board meeting:  USGS South Central Regional Executive Stanley Ponce and USGS Regional Hydrologist Jess Weaver presented an overview of USGS science activities and capabilities at the meeting held December 3 – 4 in New Orleans, La. (Stanley Ponce, Columbia, Mo., 303-236-1475)

  • Breaux Act-Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Technical Committee Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center information specialist David Marks attended the CWPPRA meeting December 3 in New Orleans. Marks serves as the program’s outreach coordinator. (David Marks, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8623)

  • Institute for Environmental Communications (IEC) at Loyola University: André Williams, USGS National Wetlands Research Center IAP contractor, has just completed The Institute for Environmental Communications (IEC) at Loyola University.  The IEC, under Loyola University’s Center for Environmental Communications, brings together a diverse group of selected citizens (environmentalists, scientists, journalists, industrialists, politicians, government employees, teachers, business persons, and the like) for 12 or so evening sessions to discuss issues of vital environmental importance to the region and nation. (Andre Williams, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8542)

Broadcast and Film

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center geographer John Barras was contacted on November 28 by Paul Williams, a researcher from the BBC working on a BBC and National Geographic Earth Science series, “How the Earth made us.” The series is about the impact of the forces of the planet on the development of civilization over the past 10,000 years. The particular episode he is focused on is about atmospheric events such as storms, monsoons, El Nino, and hurricanes. He was particularly interested about the effect of hurricanes on landforms. Barras provided him with information and will continue to work with Williams as the program is developed. (John Barras, Baton Rouge, La., 225-578-7486

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