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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 13, 2009      

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • USGS NWRC Welcomes a New Director: Janine Powell became the new director of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center August 10, 2009. Dr. Powell, who previously led the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, has 28 years of research experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Interior. She replaces Dr. Gregory J. Smith, who will now be director of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md. (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientists Participate in ESA Meeting: Several USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists participated in the 2009 Ecological Society of America meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., August 2-7.

    Jacoby Carter presented “Preliminary investigations of island applesnails (Pomacea insularum) control methods applicable for natural areas in Louisiana” on behalf of NWRC co-authors Jill Jenkins, Christopher Wells, and Linda Broussard, as well as contractors Sergio Merino, Heather Olivier, and Eric Theall.

    Jim Grace presented the lead-off talk in a special session of papers on "Restoration of sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin." His talk was “The memory theory of resilience: A framework for obtaining, evaluating, and applying ecological knowledge.” Grace also taught a workshop on "An introduction to structural equation modeling."

    Beth Middleton presented “Recovery of coastal wetland vegetation after Hurricane Katrina” and was a co-presentor with Serge Farinas on the “Impacts of impoundment on herbaceous vegetation and seed banks in baldcypress swamps in central Louisiana.” Farinas is an ESA Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) program student from Clayton State University in Atlanta, Ga., and Michigan State University (East Lansing). He is being mentored by Middleton. The ESA SEEDS program is designed to mentor minority students in ecology research. On display was a poster on Middleton’s work and her reflections as an ecologist and ESA mentor.

    NWRC also provided fact sheets for the USGS exhibit. (Beth Middleton, Lafayette, 337-266-8618)

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

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center geographer Chris Wells was interviewed by Nikki Buskey of the Daily Comet and the Houma Courier (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes, La.) about NWRC work to update coastal Louisiana maps. The maps of Louisiana’s highly dynamic coast are a joint effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetland Inventory. The maps, used by governments, universities, and private companies for coastal restoration and planning, had not been updated since 1988.

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