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From: Gabrielle B. Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 2, 2009

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientists to Develop Wetlands Workshop for Natural Resources Conservation Service Staff: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) Scientist Emeritus Pat O’Neil and geographer Christopher Wells met with the director and staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Central Remote Sensing Laboratory in Fort Worth, Tx., on April 7, 2009. NWRC conducts a range of courses in Lafayette, La., that are open to Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as to the general public. O’Neil and Wells were called upon to lend their expertise in developing a similar set of courses for a wetlands workshop series for NRCS staff. Two areas discussed were wetlands photo-interpretation techniques and an introduction to the National Wetlands Inventory classification system. The proposed workshop series will include both laboratory and field exercises. (Christopher Wells, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8651)

  • NWRC Director Discusses Partnership Opportunities with Mississippi River Commission: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) Director Gregory Smith was invited to brief the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) in Vicksburg, Miss., on the Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON) partnership on April 1, 2009. Dr. Smith spoke about the similarities between the Mississippi River and the Mekong River and discussed the potential for partnerships between the MRC and other river commissions in southeast Asia, including the Mekong River Commission. (Gregory Smith, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • Students Visit NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) contractors Gabrielle Bodin, Patrick Boland, and Courtney Schaneville, along with NWRC employee Rhonda Davis, hosted a group of 111 second-graders from Evangeline Elementary on April 1, 2009. Students received a presentation on Louisiana’s wetlands and then toured NWRC where they learned about the creation of maps and also viewed experiments with various plants and animals. (Courtney Schaneville, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8583)

  • NWRC Participates in Interactive Science Day at the Episcopal School of Acadiana: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) contractor Courtney Schaneville traveled to the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, La., on March 31, 2009 to take part in the school’s Interactive Science Day for their 6th grade students. Schaneville developed a presentation on water quality in the Louisiana wetlands for the event, and the students viewed two different water samples under microscopes to compare and contrast water quality in each sample. (Courtney Schaneville, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8583)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) scientist Karen McKee’s recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has garnered attention from several online news sites. McKee co-authored the paper with researchers Adam Langley and Patrick Megonigal of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Donald Cahoon of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and Julia Cherry of the University of Alabama.
  • On March 31, 2009 the USGS National Wetlands Research Center’s (NWRC) Wetlands Ecology Branch is highlighted on the blog PLAN!T NOW. The research initiatives of the Wetlands Ecology Branch are discussed, as are NWRC’s investigative efforts on hurricane impacts.

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) scientist Karen McKee’s recent research on CO2 effects on marsh elevation has been selected by Nature magazine as a highlight in the April 6, 2009 edition of “Nature Reports: Climate Change.”

Broadcast and Film

  •  USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) scientist Wylie Barrow was interviewed by Dave McNamara, a video producer for WWL-TV Channel 4 in New Orleans, La., on March 7, 2009. McNamara is creating a documentary series on coastal sustainability and its relation to the sustainability of New Orleans, and he talked with Barrow about this issue at the Woodlands Trail Preserve south of New Orleans.

  • On March 27, 2009 the National Public Radio’s (NPR) morning broadcast touted the release of a recent publication by Karen McKee in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article is entitled Elevated CO2 stimulates marsh elevation gain, counterbalancing sea-level rise.

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