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MEMORANDUM

From: Courtney H Schaneville
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 23, 2009

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Contractor To Present Salt Marsh Restoration Research: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Camille Stagg will present part of her dissertation work in a seminar entitled “Remediating Impacts of Global Climate Change-Induced Submergence on Salt Marsh Ecosystem Functions” on May 5, 2009. Stagg will speak about determining the viability of sediment-slurry addition as a restoration technique for rehabilitating submerged salt marshes. Stagg will present results that show how differential addition of sediment slurries affects salt marsh ecological functions and which level of sediment addition results in functional equivalency to natural marshes. (Camille Stagg, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8537)                                              

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Branch Chief Participates in Lower Mississippi Valley Board Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle attended the Spring 2009 Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Management Board Meeting in Broken Bow, Okla., on April 28-29, 2009. Across the country, Joint Ventures are using adaptive management practices to anticipate and respond to the challenges presented by global climate change. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the idea of and implications involved in developing a Lower Mississippi Valley Conservation Adaptation Strategy. The role of the partnerships of the Joint Venture concerning climate change was also discussed. (Thomas Doyle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8647)

  • NWRC Staff Member Reassigned: Former USGS National Wetlands Research Center General Biologist Jaimie Ingold was reassigned to the USGS Texas Water Science Center, effective April 26, 2009. (Susan Hoover, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8517)

  • NWRC Outreach Participates in Earth Day Conference: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin gave an invited presentation on Louisiana’s coastal land loss and climate change issues at a conference in Kenner, La., on April 25, 2009. The conference, “Confronting Climate Change: Our Relationship to Our Changing Environment,” was sponsored by the Global Solidarity Committee of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to celebrate Earth Day. The purpose of the conference was to educate local community members about environmental issues in their own back yard. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Students of All Ages Visit NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Courtney Schaneville hosted two school groups on April 24, 2009. Myrtle Place Elementary brought 84 students from grades K through 5, while Parks Middle School came with 40 7th graders. Each group received a presentation on Louisiana’s wetlands and toured NWRC. They learned about spatial analysis through mapping, greenhouse experiments, and research on fish, frogs, and applesnails. (Courtney Schaneville, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8583)

  • NWRC Staff Attend Assessment Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Acting Assistant Director Phil Turnipseed and scientist Greg Steyer attended the Annual Review meeting of the Long-term Estuary Assessment Group at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., on April 22-23, 2009. The purpose of the meeting was to report on current research and discuss the possibility of creating a Lower Mississippi River observatory and other partnering initiatives. (Phil Turnipseed, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8566)

  • CWPPRA Dedicates Four Completed Projects: The Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Outreach Committee hosted a dedication ceremony at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Southeast Louisiana Refuges, Bayou Lacombe Centre, in Lacombe on April 22, 2009. The four Region-One projects that have been completed and dedicated are Goose Point/Pointe Platte Marsh Creation (PO-33), Lake Borgne Shoreline Protection (PO-30), Fritchie Marsh Restoration (PO-6), and Delta Management at Fort St. Philip (BS-11). CWPPRA Outreach Coordinator David Marks and Media Specialist contractor Andre Williams, both working out of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, coordinated the ceremony. The event was made possible by the following partners: Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration and the St. Tammany, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parish governments. Colonel Alvin B. Lee, commander and district engineer for the New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Garret Graves, Executive Assistant to the Governor, officiated at the dedication. St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis was master of ceremonies. (David Marks, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8500)

  • NWRC Scientist Speaks at the Swaminathan Foundation: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton led a roundtable discussion and delivered a talk sponsored by the US Consulate in Chennai and the Swaminathan Research Institute on April 22, 2009.  The talk was entitled “Sustainable Wetland Usage and Climate Change.” Professor M.S. Swaminathan, the creator of the institute, is the founder of the Green Revolution in India.  Middleton’s talk was featured in an article in The Hindu newspaper: (Beth Middleton, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC Scientist Speaks at the Centre for Research on New International Economic Order: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton gave a talk entitled “Sustainable Wetland Usage and Climate Change.” The event was organized by the Centre for Research on New International Economic Order and the U.S. Consulate in Chennai. The presentation was translated into the Tamil language and attended by members of the Pulicat Lake fishing community. Fisherman, including the village president, gave the members of the U.S. Consulate a tour of the lake, which is under consideration as a Ramsar site. (Beth Middleton, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8618)

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

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton was interviewed by multiple Indian news outlets following her talk at the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation in Chennai, India on April 22, 2009. Middleton’s talk was entitled “Wetlands and Climate Change in India.”
    The Hindu
    Deccan Chronicle
    Consulate General of the U.S. in Chennai

  • Ecologist Mary C. Watzin was named dean of the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont on April 17, 2009. Watzin worked for several years as a scientist with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20090418/NEWS02/904180318/-1/NEWS05

  • An article on Lafourche Parish’s DailyComet.com states that the USGS National Wetlands Research Center will benefit from Federal stimulus money granted recently to Louisiana.

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton was interviewed on her Fulbright experience in India in 1990 by Laurinda Keys Long of SPAN Magazine, a publication produced by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton, with members of the Keoladeo Naturalist Society and the Bharatpur Ecologist Task Society, searched the Keoladeo National Park for rare aquatic species of plants on April 6-8, 2009. This famous bird sanctuary has had many years of drought, but aquatic vegetation germinated from seed banks after good rains this year. Middleton was interviewed by Sonny Sebastian of The Hindu newspaper and Laurinda Keys Long of SPAN Magazine regarding the work.

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