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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 8, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist on Special Assignment with the Chinese Academy of Science: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will address the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agriculture of the Chinese Academy of Science on April 8, 2010.  Her presentation is entitled “Climate change and flood pulsing in wetlands.”  She is currently on special assignment with the Key Laboratory of Wetland Ecology in Changchun, China. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC Branch Chief To Participate in the Gulf Coast Joint Venture Spring Board Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle will participate in the annual spring board meeting of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf Coast Joint Venture at Katy Prairie Conservancy Sand Hill Farm, Waller, Texas, April 13 – 14, 2010. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • St. Genevieve 4-H Club To Tour NWRC: The 4-H Club of St. Genevieve Middle School from Lafayette, La., will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on April 14, 2010. The group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders will view a presentation about Louisiana’s wetlands, the Center and its research and then tour the facility to see scientists at work and to learn more about NWRC research. (Rhonda Davis; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8547)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • NWRC Branch Chief Participates in Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Workshop: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle participated in an interagency workshop held in New Orleans on April 6 – 7, 2010, to develop a “Gulf Coast Roadmap” for augmenting State and Federal efforts in restoring ecosystem resiliency and sustainability of Louisiana and Mississippi coastal wetlands. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

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

  • Mart Stewart co-organizes conference at Can Tho University in Vietnam (Western Today; Bellingham, Wash.) “Participants included representatives from the Centre for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development and the École Française d’Extrême-Orient in Ha Noi; the Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang; the Institute of Sustainability in Ho Chi Minh City; the Delta Research And Global Observation Network/DRAGON Institute and the Mekong Development Research Institute at Can Tho University, ...” (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Mekong Diaries: Day 62 (Radio Free Asia Unplugged; March 25, 2010) “On the campus of the University Can Tho, between classrooms and offices, we knock on the door of the local chapter of the Delta Research and Global Observation Network, DRAGON.” (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Remarks at Opening of U.S. – Vietnam climate Change Working Group (Embassy of the United States, Hanoi, Vietnam; March 31, 2010) “In the public sector, the U.S. Geological Survey and its Vietnamese partners recently established the first international Delta Research and Global Observation Network (or “DRAGON”) Institute located at Can Tho University, which will focus on the Mekong River Delta.” (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Ecosystem of Wetlands ( “According to the National Wetlands Research Center, "wetlands are transitional areas, sandwiched between permanently flooded deepwater environments and well-drained uplands." (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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