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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, October 21, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist To Investigate Ancient Maya Salt Industry: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist, Karen McKee, will collaborate with colleagues from Louisiana State University to investigate the ancient Maya salt industry (A.D. 300-900) at Paynes Creek National Park, Belize, including its submergence by sea-level rise and the wooden structures preserved in the mangrove peat below the sea surface. The project, entitled “Ancient Maya Wooden Architecture and the Salt Industry” will be supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to LSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology.  McKee will direct a systematic program of coring across the lagoon system to reconstruct the ancient landscape prior to, during, and after Mayan occupation with the goal of better understanding how sea-level and climate changes may have influenced this coastal Mayan community. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientists Provide Expertise To Deepwater Horizon NRDA Technical Working Group: As part of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Chris Wells and Supervisory Geographer Larry Handley recently represented the Aerial Imagery Technical Working Group during a 3-day meeting of the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Technical Working Group. Representatives from various trust agencies of the federal and affected state governments and representatives of BP were present. The participants reviewed accomplishments and began the process of setting new directions.  Handley and Wells provided expert opinion on aerial imagery and mapping initiatives with respect to submerged aquatic vegetation. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

  • St. Pius Elementary Students To Visit NWRC: More than 70 fifth grade students from St. Pius Elementary School in Lafayette, La., will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on October 21, 2010. The students will view a presentation about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and tour the center to learn about the scientists’ work. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Contactor To Visit Students at Ridge Elementary School: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin will present wetland information and biofacts to approximately 120 third grade students at Ridge Elementary School in Ridge, La., on October 22, 2010. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Scientist To Judge Louisiana State Duck Stamp Competition: USGS National Wetlands Research Center research wildlife biologist Clint Jeske will judge the 2011 Louisiana State Duck Stamp Competition on October 27, 2010, in Baton Rouge, La. Jeske, who creates carvings of birds as a hobby, has spent the past 27 years researching waterfowl and other birds. The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of State wetlands and other worthy programs that benefit Louisiana's ducks and geese. (Clint Jeske, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8652)

  • NWRC Contactor To Visit Students at Richard Elementary School: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin will present wetland information and biofacts to approximately 40 third grade students at Richard Elementary School in Richard, La., on October 29, 2010. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • Future of basin, coast discussed (Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; October 19, 2010) “The public is invited to attend ‘The Basin and the Coast,’ at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center at 700 Cajundome Blvd. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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