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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, October 14, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist Teaches Students About Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist William Vervaeke gave presentations about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands to approximately 75 students at Prairie Elementary School in Lafayette, La., on October 11, 2010. (William Vervaeke; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8588)

  • NWRC Scientist Participates in Ramsar Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton attended the Second Triennial Meeting of the U.S. National Ramsar Committee and Ramsar Site Representatives on October 12 – 13, 2010 at the Tremealeau National Wildlife Refuge in Tremealeau, Wis. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC Staff Participates in CWPPRA Task Force Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Scott Wilson and CWPPRA Outreach Coordinator and NWRC contractor Susan Testroet-Bergeron participated in the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force quarterly meeting in Lake Charles, La., on October 13, 2010. Wilson presented the proposed Public Outreach Committee budget and Testroet-Bergeron presented the outreach committee’s quarterly report to the Task Force.

  • NWRC Staff Coordinates and Participates in CWPPRA Anniversary Ceremony: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Susan Testroet-Bergeron, who serves as the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act outreach coordinator, led the planning effort for the CWPPRA 20th Anniversary Ceremony for Southwest Louisiana held at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, La., on October 14, 2010. NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson, who serves as the chairman of the CWPPRA Public Outreach Committee, as well as contractors Marshall Holstrom, Kathy Ladner, and Gabrielle Bodin will also attend and provide assistance. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Staff To Participate in DELTAS 2010 Conference: Staff from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center will participate in the DELTAS 2010: World Delta Dialogues conference in New Orleans October 17 – 20. NWRC Branch Chief Thomas Doyle and Christopher Swarzenski of the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center will lead a field tour, “Triple Threat – Climate, Subsidence, Sediment: Coastal Protection and Restoration Urgency.” NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson and scientists Karen McKee and Beth Middleton will also attend. Former NWRC Director Janine Powell served on the conference steering committee. The conference is intended to continue to elevate the issues critical to the sustainability of deltas and to broaden participation of United States interests in wetland restoration, habitat conservation and sustainable development. A select delegation representing governments, non-governmental organizations and the science and engineering community from across the globe, along with local and regional authorities on the world’s great deltas, is expected to attend. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Seminar on Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin To Be Held at NWRC: A seminar, “The Basin and the Coast,” will be presented by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s Chris Macaluso at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center on October 21, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will cover coastal habitat loss and how navigation and flood control projects throughout the Mississippi River Basin, including the Atchafalaya Basin, have drastically altered Louisiana’s wetlands. The presentation will include details about efforts to reintroduce water and sediments from the Atchafalaya Basin into the imperiled wetlands in western Terrebonne Parish to curb coastal land loss and saltwater intrusion. The event is being held as a component of Experience Atchafalaya Days and is open to the public. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee was interviewed by Associated Press reporter Cain Burdeau on October 12, 2010, about the impacts of oil on wetlands, research being conducted related to the oil’s effects, and some likely scenarios for recovery or wetland loss in impacted areas. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

  • USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett was interviewed by Associated Press reporter Cain Burdeau on October 13, 2010, about potential long term impacts of the oil spill and the difficulties of quantifying the effects on species. (Virginia Burkett; Many, La.; 318-256-5628)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  •  USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett responded to a request on October 6, 2010, from a journalist, Anthony Kaufman, preparing an article for the Wall Street Journal Online about a documentary called “Cool It” to be released in November. Burkett answered questions about sea level rise projections and the relationship between hurricanes and climate change. (Virginia Burkett; Many, La.; 318-256-5628)

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