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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, October 29, 2009      

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist To Present Science and the Media Seminar: Environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and finalist for two more, will present a seminar, “Science and the media: a changing world,” at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La., on November 10 at 1:30 p.m. He will discuss how scientists can best communicate with the media, how to use “new media” and how The Times-Picayune covered Hurricane Katrina. (Gaye Farris, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8550)

Departmental/Bureau News -Current

  • NWRC Scientists Featured on ESA Web Site: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Beth Middleton and Karen McKee are featured on the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) Web page, “Focus on ecologists.” This is an ongoing ESA project that allows Web visitors interested in ecological careers to browse a collection of biographical profiles highlighting the career paths and personal stories of ecologists selected from academia, government and other professional sectors. Their pages can be found at and
    (Karen L. McKee, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8662)

  • NWRC Electrician Completes Training: USGS National Wetlands Research Center electrician Stuart Thibodeaux recently completed operations training for the center’s energy management system at the Siemens Training Center in Atlanta, Ga. Thibodeaux’s training will enable NWRC to experience better air quality control and more efficient energy management. (Stuart Thibodeaux, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8637)

  • NWRC and LWSC Scientists Meet with Scientists from China: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Greg Steyer, Brady Couvillion and Gregg Snedden and contractor Hongqing Wang visited the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center (LWSC) for a meeting with scientists from the Bureau of Hydrology, Changjiang Water Resources Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, China, on October 22, 2009, in Baton Rouge, La. Steyer, Couvillion and Snedden presented conceptual models, protocols and techniques of the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System for monitoring coastal Louisiana ecosystem change due to natural and human disturbances. Wang served as the interpreter. (Hongqing Wang, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8589)

  • USGS Staff Demonstrate Web-mapping Application at Multi-agency Meeting on Sea-level Rise: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett and USGS National Wetlands Research Center branch chief Scott Wilson and geographer Cindy Thatcher participated in a multi-agency meeting on October 26, 2009, to discuss sea-level rise in Biloxi, Miss. Burkett, Wilson and Thatcher presented a live demonstration of a Web-mapping application that provides a visualization of potential sea-level rise for Alabama and Mississippi. The meeting was a forum for about 25 stakeholders from private industry and state and county government agencies to provide comments about the Web-mapping application and to provide guidance for the development of other science-based tools related to sea-level rise. Information about the project can be found at (Scott Wilson, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8644)

  • NWRC Scientist Explains Use of Radar in Hazards: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Elijah Ramsey presented his work on use of radar in hazards for the Department of the Interior Remote Sensing Working Group’s monthly Webinar on October 26, 2009. The meeting, which included representatives from all DOI bureaus, was on radar applications and USGS interest in a FY 2012 radar initiative. The group intends to discuss their interest in the USGS initiative on their next call. Several agencies such as the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressed an interest in providing these presentations to a broader community within their agencies. Other Synthetic Aperture Radar and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar presenters were Gerald W Bawden (acting USGS Southwest Area Staff Scientist-Research Geophysicist) and Zhong Lu (USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center and Cascades Volcano Observatory). NWRC contractors Amina Rangoonwala and Yukihiro Suzuoki prepared the presentation. (Elijah Ramsey, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8575)

  • NWRC Scientists To Present at CERF Conference: Several USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists will present their work at the 20th Biennial Conference for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation being held November 1 – 5, 2009, in Portland, Ore. Nicole Cormier will present "Interactive effects of drought and salinity on aboveground productivity of forests and trees of tidal freshwater forested wetlands," by N. Cormier, W.H. Conner and K.W. Krauss. Karen McKee will present an invited paper, "Potential impacts of elevated CO2 on coastal wetlands." Rebecca Howard will present a poster on “Expansion of mangrove forest in southern Florida: impact of a hydrologic restoration project.” Greg Steyer, Gregg Snedden, Kari Cretini, Michelle Fischer, Brady Couvillion and Sarai Piazza are also presenting. (Nicole Cormier, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8838)

  • NWRC Staff Present at CWPPRA Task Force Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center branch chief Scott Wilson, ecologist Greg Steyer and contractor Susan Testroet-Bergeron presented at the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force meeting October 28, 2009, in New Orleans. As chairman of the CWPPRA Public Outreach Committee, Wilson presented the FY 2010 outreach plan and budget. Testroet-Bergeron presented the committee’s quarterly outreach report. Steyer presented the FY 2010 plan and budget for the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System. (Scott Wilson, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8644)

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