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MEMORANDUM

From: Linda Broussard
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 27, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The staff of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center is assisting with response to the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Science Response Vehicle has been deployed and is operational at the Venice, La., Operations Center.  NWRC continues to produce maps to support the oil response effort.  These maps have been used by the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, BP, U.S Navy, and other Federal and State agencies.  This includes maps used by the Louisiana Governor’s office to identify coastal areas needing protection through boom deployment; maps to NPS staff in Mobile, Ala., for briefing the NPS Director; and a series of forecast maps using the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. [Scott Wilson, NWRC, 337-266-8644]

    Other activities include:

    • A seagrass team led by NWRC scientist Jacoby Carter and geographer Chris Wells have established baseline sampling monitoring locations on Ship Island and Cat Island in the Mississippi Sound, Breton Sound, and the marshes south of Houma, Louisiana.  Next week, the team plans to establish sites on Marsh Island and the Vermilion Bay.  Data will be used to measure the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on seagrass and submerged aquatic vegetation beds in the northern Gulf of Mexico. [Jacoby Carter, NWRC, 337-266-8620]

  • NWRC Scientist to Give Presentation on Causal Networks at USGS Modeling Conference: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jim Grace will present a paper at the 3rd USGS Modeling Conference in early June of 2010 on causal networks. The conference, which focuses this year on understanding and predicting the responses of ecological systems, will be held in Denver, Colorado June 8–10.  Increasingly, scientists are finding it to be productive to approach understanding systems and forecasting their possible dynamics using probabilistic networks.  At this talk, Grace will discuss the process of network discovery and the role of structural equations in that process. [Jim Grace, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8632]
  • NWRC Scientist to Give Presentation on the integration of ecological data layers in a minerals assessment for the Anosy Region of Madagascar at USGS Modeling Conference: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jacoby Carter will present a paper at the 3rd USGS Modeling Conference in early June of 2010.  The conference, which focuses this year on understanding and predicting the responses of ecological systems, will be held in Denver, Colorado June 8–10.  At this talk, Dr. Carter's presentation will discuss how data layers specific to the ecology and natural services were incorporated in a minerals assessment.  Some of the innovative techniques included documenting the legal status with respect to mining restrictions, combining layers to identify potential mitigation and development zones, and conducting an environmental risk analysis. [Jacoby Carter, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8620]
  • NWRC Scientist to Give Presentation on the Everview Data Viewer at USGS Modeling Conference: USGS National Wetlands Research Center physical scientist Craig Conzelmann will present a paper at the 3rd USGS Modeling Conference in early June of 2010 on data manipulation and visualization. The conference, which focuses this year on understanding and predicting the responses of ecological systems, will be held in Denver, Colorado June 8–10.  At this talk, Conzelmann will discuss a tool designed to bring data manipulation and visualization capabilities to the natural resource manager’s desktop. [Craig Conzelmann, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8842]
  • USGS Participation in International EDRR Training Workshop in Whiteville, North Carolina: Randy Westbrooks, a NWRC scientist based in Whiteville, North Carolina, will co-host an International EDRR Training Workshop at the 2010 U.S-Canada-Mexico Weeds Across Borders Conference in Shepherdstown, WV, on June 4, 2010. [Randy Westbrooks, NWRC, 910-648-6762]

  • USGS Participation in State of the Coast Conference: Janine Powell, NWRC Science Center Director, will attend the SOC Conference June 8-10, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Scott Wilson will moderate a session on Hurricane Impacts.  Kari Cretini will give a presentation on “Using the Floristic Quality Index to Assess Wetland Condition in Coastal Louisiana.”  Steve Hartley will give a presentation on “Modified Methodology for Projecting Coastal Louisiana Land Loss Changes Over the Next 50 Years.”  Jim Stefanov, John Brock, Dawn Lavoie, Jeff Williams, Greg Steyer, and Brady Couvillion are expected to attend.  USGS is a conference sponsor. [Janine Powell, NWRC, 337-266-8501]
  • NWRC Scientist to Give Presentation on Flow Cytometry. Jill Jenkins, NWRC microbiologist, will present an invited paper during the First Annual Southeast Flow Cytometry Interest Group Meeting, June 3-4, 2010, in Athens, Georgia.  Jenkins’ presentation is titled; How Flow Cytometry is Helping to Conserve the Nation's Natural Resources. [Jill Jenkins, NWRC, 337-266-8607]
  • NWRC Librarian Reappointed to Louisiana Federal Depository Library Council. Linda Broussard, NWRC librarian, was reappointed for a second term as the Government Information Users Representative on the Louisiana Federal Depository Library Council.  Her term runs July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012. [Linda Broussard, NWRC, 337-266-8692]
  • USGS National Library Coordinator to Visit NWRC.  Richard Huffine, USGS National Library Coordinator, will meet with NWRC librarian, Linda Broussard, during his visit to NWRC on June 11, 2010.  Huffine is visiting the science center libraries in an effort to better understand local operations. [Linda Broussard, NWRC, 337-266-8692]

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