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MEMORANDUM

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

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Paper by NWRC Scientist Rated as “Recommended Reading” by the “Faculty of 1000 Biology” Service: A paper recently published in the journal Ecological Applications by USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jim Grace and former NWRC scientist Steve Travis (now with the University of New England) has been evaluated and rated as "Recommended Reading" by the "Faculty of 1000 Biology" service. The paper is entitled “Predicting performance for ecological restoration: A case study using Spartina alterniflora.” The evaluation states, “This study elegantly synthesizes genetic, field, and modelling techniques to address questions relevant to evolutionary ecology and ecological restoration. This is the first study that combines genetic data and structural equation modelling to test hypotheses that are directly applicable to restoration efforts.” Faculty of 1000 Biology is an online research service that comprehensively and systematically highlights and reviews the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well over 2,300 selected leading researchers ("Faculty Members"). (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

  • NWRC Scientist Emeritus To Discontinue Volunteer Service: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Scientist Emeritus Carroll Cordes, the center’s former Animal Ecology Branch Chief, will officially discontinue volunteer service to the center as of March 31, 2010. Cordes, who retired from the center in 2008 after more than 30 years of service, had continued to provide assistance with inter-agency coordination after his retirement. (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientists Discuss Applying Advances in Spatial Resolution of NWI Maps to Management of Bird Populations: On March 26, 2010, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Wildlife Biologist Clint Jeske and Geographer Chris Wells discussed applying recent advances in spatial resolution of National Wetlands Inventory habitat maps to shore and wading bird population management. Representatives from the Gulf Coast Joint Venture, Audubon Society, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, The Nature Conservancy and Louisiana State University Museum of Natural History participated in the meeting. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

  • NWRC Scientist To Instruct ULL Education Students in the Use of Internet Mapping Tools: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist John McCoy will present information on the use of Internet mapping tools to a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Social Studies Methods undergraduate course on March 30, 2010. The ULL professor teaching the course requested the center’s assistance with instructing her up-and-coming teachers in the use of these tools. (John McCoy; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8627)

  • Texas Biologists and Resource Managers To Visit NWRC: On March 30, 2010, a group of 10 – 15 coastal Texas biologists and resource managers along with Jim Sutherlin of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center for presentations and a tour. They are visiting south Louisiana to learn more about what is going on in coastal Louisiana with an emphasis on coastal restoration. They are particularly interested in the center’s library resources and GIS lab and will also learn about center research regarding Gulf Coast Joint Venture priorities and shorebird and radar ornithology research. (Kevin Roy; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8811)

  • 4-H Students To Tour NWRC: Approximately 30 Jeff Davis Parish 4-H students (7th and 8th graders) will tour the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on March 30, 2010, to learn about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and research being conducted at the center, especially that which relates to bird migration and monitoring. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • ULL Students To Visit NWRC: Approximately 20 University of Louisiana at Lafayette watershed management students will tour the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on March 31, 2010, to learn about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and research being conducted at the center. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • Exhibit puts women artists in spotlight (The Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; March 23, 2010) “But a post-retirement art class opened new doors, doors that eventually led to the Nature Through Art, Art Through Generations exhibition of women artists which runs through Friday at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.” (Debbie Norling; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8654)

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