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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 16, 2009

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • USGS Scientists to Meet with State Department Officials and Mekong Basin Nation Representatives: USGS Regional Executive Stan Ponce and National Wetlands Research Center Director Gregory Smith traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, the week of July 20 to meet with the Secretary of State and other State Department officials as well as representatives from the nations of the Mekong Basin regarding Forecast Mekong.  Forecast Mekong is a framework for creating different development scenarios and the resulting outcomes as related to the impacts of climate change.   Forecast Mekong is part of the DRAGON (Delta Research and Global Observation Network) partnership.  The DRAGON was established  after Hurricane Katrina and proposals to re-engineer the Mississippi River brought forth the recognition that many of the world's river deltas and their populations are threatened by increasing intensity of storms, rising sea-levels, and climate change. (Gregory Smith, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Provides First Aid, CPR, and AED Training for Staff: USGS National Wetlands Research Center safety officer Wayne Norling conducted First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training sessions for the center’s staff. The American Red Cross provided the training for 60 people on July 1, 9, 13, and 21, 2009. Additional sessions are planned for mid- to late-fall. (Wayne Norling, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8640)

  • NWRC Provides Educational Materials to USSSA Baseball World Series Team: USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff David Marks and Contractor Gabrielle Bodin provided CD-ROMs, brochures, and other materials to a local team, the Louisiana Hurricanes, participating in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Baseball World Series being held in Orange Beach, Ala., beginning July 16, 2009. The team distributed the materials to other series attendees from throughout the country to educate them about coastal wetland issues in Louisiana. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Scientists Present at Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Hardin Waddle and contractors Tyler Thigpen and Brad Glorioso gave oral presentations at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists held in Portland, Ore., July 22 – 27, 2009. Waddle presented “Occupancy Dynamics in a Louisiana Assemblage of Anurans,” Thigpen presented “Efficacy of Automatic Vocalization Recognition Software for Anuran Monitoring,” and Gloriosa will presented “Anuran Site Occupancy as an Indicator of Conservation Benefits of the Wetlands Reserve Program.” (Hardin Waddle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8671)

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

  • Nikki Buskey of the Daily Comet and the Houma Courier (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes, La.) interviewed USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Thomas Michot on July 9, 2009 about barrier island restoration and recently reported breaches in Timbalier Island and the Caminada Headland. The story ran on July 12.

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