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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 24, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist and Contractor Present at Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Hardin Waddle and IAP World Services contractor Brad Glorioso from the South-Central Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) program at NWRC will attend the 2010 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Providence, R.I., July 7-12, 2010. Waddle will give an oral presentation with co-authors Robert Dorazio and Susan C. Walls from the Southeast Ecological Science Center in Gainesville, Fla. The presentation is entitled “Presence of Invasive Cuban Treefrog Reduces Probability of Occurrence of Native Treefrog Species in Southern Florida.” Glorioso will also give an oral presentation entitled “Trend Detection in Long-term Anuran Monitoring: Comparison of Vocalization and Visual Encounter Surveys,” for which Waddle is a co-author. (Hardin Waddle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8671)

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 USGS Science Response Vehicle (SRV) has been deployed and is operational at the Venice, La., Operations Center. The SRV has facilitated the creation of over 500 individual official-use maps during its Venice deployment. Overall it has produced over 2,000 map copies. Five additional delineated high-resolution land/water quads were delivered to the LA SCAT team / La Oil Spill Office for a total of 42.  (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

    Other oil spill-related activities include:

    • Field trips in support of NRDA marsh bird surveys were conducted at Marsh Island Wildlife Management Area and north of Grand Isle. Field teams are compiling observational data, including audio and visual sightings of marsh birds. Secondary collections include plot counts of crab burrows to estimate crab populations and marsh bird food resources.  (Clint Jeske, Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

    • Field collection was conducted in support of NASA UAVSAR at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge and Rockefeller Wildlife Management Area. Field teams collected data on vegetation type, structure, density, biomass and optical properties to assist with ground control validation and calibration of experimental Synthetic Apertures Radar data. (Elijah Ramsey; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

    • Clint Jeske has been added to the NRDA shorebird TWG and the NRDA Pelagic Bird protocol development group. (Clint Jeske, Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

    • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) safety training is scheduled for June 28 – July 2 at NWRC. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • NWRC Scientist Participates in SERDP Proposal Reviews: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Clint Jeske recently participated in the Strategical Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) fiscal year 2011 proposal review and selection meeting. The SERDP is the Department of Defense's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in full partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. To address the highest priority issues confronting the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, SERDP focuses on cross-service requirements and pursues high-risk/high-payoff solutions to the Department’s most intractable environmental problems.(Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337 266-8652)

  • Chinese Delegation To Visit NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) Director Janine Powell will host 10 members of the China Wetlands Management Delegation in cooperation with the Department of State International Visitors Leadership Program on June 29 – 30. NWRC Branch Chief Thomas Doyle and ecosystems modeler Hongqing Wang will provide a field tour for the group at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National and Historical Park and Preserve in New Orleans, La., to view a wetland landscape and to learn about issues of wetland research and management. The delegation will also be given a tour of the NWRC laboratory facilities and view presentations about the ecology, restoration and management of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. (Thomas Doyle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8647)

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

  • Photographers with the Daily Advertiser and the Advocate (Lafayette, La.) visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 23, 2010, to photograph programming associated with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Summer Scholars Residential Program. Seventh, 8th, and 9th grade gifted, talented, and leadership potential students from throughout the state participated in special programming designed to introduce them to various areas of scientific research being conducted at NWRC. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)
    UL Lafayette’s Summer Scholars | theadvertiser.com | Lafayette Local News | The Advertiser

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • A reporter and videographer with the KATC (ABC affiliate; Lafayette, La.) visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 23, 2010, to produce a story about programming associated with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Summer Scholars Residential Program. IAP World Services Outreach Project Leader at NWRC Gabrielle Bodin was interviewed about why the students were visiting. The story had not aired as of the morning of June 24. Seventh, 8th, and 9th grade gifted, talented, and leadership potential students from throughout the state participated in special programming designed to introduce them to various areas of scientific research being conducted at NWRC. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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