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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 24, 2009      

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist To Give Invited Talk on Climate Change to USFWS: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Stephen Faulkner will give an invited talk on climate change at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Southeast Region, National Wildlife Refuge System Management meeting in Lacombe, La., on October 7, 2009. The potential effects of climate change on carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat are a high priority concern for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and USFWS refuge managers will need the best available science to make effective management decisions on their refuges. Opportunities like this meeting are important mechanisms allowing natural resource managers and scientists to collaborate on identifying key data gaps and information needs related to climate change impacts on DOI lands. (Stephen Faulkner, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8648)

  • USGS Scientist To Give Address at Virginia Water Resources Conference: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett will give a luncheon address at the 2009 Virginia Water Resources Conference on October 15, 2009. The theme of this conference is "Water Resources in Changing Climates." The full program can be viewed at Burkett's presentation will include many key findings and graphics from the United States Global Change Research Program 2009 report "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States." (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist Presents Seminar on Mangroves in Coastal Louisiana: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Thomas Michot presented “Climate-induced increase in mangrove abundance in coastal Louisiana” at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Biology Seminar Series on September 24, 2009. (Thomas Michot, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8664)

  • NWRC Scientist Presents Climate Change Research Findings at LSU: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee gave a seminar in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge on September 25, 2009.  The title of her presentation was "Responses of Coastal Wetlands to Sea-Level Rise, Climate Change, and Elevated CO2."  (Karen McKee, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8662)

  • Paper Evaluates Spatial Relationship Between Hydrology and Forest Regeneration in the Atchafalaya Basin: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Stephen Faulkner recently published a paper entitled “Identifying Baldcypress-Water Tupelo Regeneration Classes in Coastal Forested Wetlands of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana” (Wetlands 29:809-817) with co-authors Yvonne Allen (USACE), John Barras (USACE), Prajwol Bhattarai (Peer Consultants, P.C.), and Glenn Constant (USFWS). Baldcypress-water tupelo swamps are critically important coastal forested wetlands found throughout the Southeastern United States and long-term survival and sustainability of swamp forests are unknown due to changes in hydrologic regimes that affect regeneration. The authors found that only about six percent of the 106,227 hectares (ha) of cypress-tupelo forest in the Lower Atchafalaya Basin Floodway was classified as capable of naturally regenerating while over 23% of the forest area was unable to regenerate either naturally or artificially. The loss and conversion of nearly 25,000 ha of cypress-tupelo forest would have significant and long-lasting impacts on ecosystem services such as wildlife habitat for migratory and forest-breeding birds and Louisiana black bears. (Stephen Faulkner, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8648)

  • NWRC Staff Garner Awards: Two USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff members received center recognition at an all-hands meeting on September 23, 2009. Christina Boudreaux, Visual Information Specialist with the Geographic Information Office Lafayette Publishing Service Center based at NWRC, received the “Leading From Any Chair Award” designed to acknowledge individual leadership qualities and examples. Computer engineer Wayne Wiltz was honored with the “Exemplary Service Award,” which honors employees who perform above and beyond the normal call of duty. The awards were presented by NWRC Director Janine Powell. Central Region Director Stan Ponce, South Central Area Regional Executive Max Ethridge, Central Region Budget Officer Kathleen McCormick, and South Central Region Program Officer Allison Shipp were also present. (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media -Broadcast and Film

  • NWRC Scientist Assists South Korean Broadcaster with Invasive Species Story: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks was contacted by an associate producer working with the South Korean public broadcaster, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) ( for assistance with a story on invasive plants, particularly kudzu, bur cucumber, ragweed, and beach vitex. Filming with Westbrooks and the Kudzu Coalition will occur on September 29 in Spartanburg, S.C., and again with Westbrooks concerning beach vitex on September 30 in Georgetown, S.C. The story will be a 20-minute segment on one of KBS hour-long news programs. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C., 910-648-6762)

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