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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 25, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientists Discuss the Importance of Cheniers with ULL Students: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Wildlife Biologists Tommy Michot and Wylie Barrow and Geographer Chris Wells discussed the importance of the cheniers of coastal southwest Louisiana and east Texas with landscape architecture students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on February 22, 2010. The architecture students are working on senior projects to increase the harmonious use of cheniers by the human and natural populations. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

  • NWRC Scientist To Present Nutria Information to NBII ISWG: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jacoby Carter will present “The natural history of an urban nutria (Myocastor coypus) population between 2005 – 2008 and the implications for management and control” for the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Invasive Species Working Group’s (ISWG) monthly conference call on February 25, 2010. The ISWG was initiated in late 2004 by the NBII Invasive Species Information Node, to facilitate communication on the subject of invasive species and information management, within the NBII and among the Node's partners and supporters. The ISWG membership includes over 100 representatives from private, non-profit, educational, state and federal government and non-government organizations from across the United States. (Jacoby Carter, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8620)

  • USGS To Participate in LWF Annual Convention: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell, scientist Clint Jeske and USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett will participate in the Louisiana Wildlife Federation 2010 Convention in Many, La., on February 26 – 28. The event will celebrate the Federation’s 71st year of conserving natural resources. (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • CWPPRA Outreach Team To Participate in Environmental Education Symposium: The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) outreach team housed at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center will exhibit and present at the 13th Annual Environmental Education Symposium hosted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association on February 26 – 27, 2010, in Baton Rouge, La. This symposium helps promote environmental education initiatives within the state of Louisiana. Guests and participants will include classroom teachers, business and industry representatives, non-profit organizations, State and local officials, legislators and non-formal educators. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

  • NWRC Director To Participate in Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group’s Annual Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell will participate in the 57th Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group’s annual meeting in Stoneville, Miss., March 2, 2010. The theme of this year’s program is “Threats to Hardwood Forest Health in a Changing Environment.” (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientist To Give Presentation at Wetlands Symposium in New Zealand: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee will give a presentation at the National Wetlands Symposium in Rotorura, New Zealand, on March 4 – 5, 2010.  The title of her presentation is “Integrating wetland restoration with global change ecology.”  McKee is currently on assignment in New Zealand collaborating with scientists at Landcare Research, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, to investigate impacts of nutrients and climate change on wetlands in that country. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

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

  • Into the Breach: Can busting a levee restore a critical floodplain in Louisiana? (Nature Conservancy Magazine; Spring 2010) “‘We’ve got a laboratory in the field,’ says Steve Faulkner of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Baton Rouge, who is conducting tests at the site. ‘[It] allows us to look at the process of reconnecting floodplains to a river system that we can’t do anywhere else — or very few places.’” (Steve Faulkner; Kearneysville, W.V.; 304-724-4471)

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • I-Team: What’s in the Water? Painkillers, Chemicals and Estrogen (KLAS; Las Vegas, Nev.; February 18, 2010) “The U.S. Geological Survey worked with the Fish and Wildlife Division to study EDC's in Lake Mead. Erik Orsak and other team members found intersex fish changes and massive tumors.” (Jill Jenkins; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8607)

  • As Mekong Rolls To The Sea, Turbulence On Its Banks (NPR; February 19, 2010) “Stan Ponce is central regional director for the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the conference sponsors.
    ‘There are tremendous similarities between the Mississippi River system and the Mekong River system, both in terms of their culture and the economic development and the viability of the basins,’ he says.” (Stan Ponce; Denver, Colo.; 303-202-4740)

  • Organizer of NWRC’s Women’s History Month Art Gallery Interviewed by Local NPR Station: The organizer of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center’s Women’s History Month Art Gallery, Debbie Norling, was interviewed on February 22, 2010, by Judith Meriwether from KRVS (the local National Public Radio radio station) about the upcoming event. The theme of the 2010 gallery is "Nature through Art, Art through Generations." The gallery will run from March 22 – 26, 2010. (Debbie Norling; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8654)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Gaye Farris Retires from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (Sound Waves; Jan./Feb. 2010) “Gaye Saucier Farris retired December 31, 2009, as information and technology branch chief of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, according to Center Director Janine Powell.” (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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