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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 2, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist To Serve as Panelist To Inform LCA Science Board: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen L. McKee will serve as a panelist for a workshop on “Response of Louisiana Marsh Soils and Vegetation to Diversions” to be held February 23 – 24, 2011.  Other panel invitees include wetland and estuarine experts from other regions of the United States.  The workshop is the third in a series of meetings to inform the Louisiana Coastal Area Science Board on specific technical issues associated with ongoing and planned freshwater diversions. The goal of this workshop will be to develop a scientific consensus on the effects of diversions to inform coastal managers of potential soil and vegetation responses, which will be summarized in a position paper. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

  • NWRC Scientist To Serve on Panel to Update the 2007 Louisiana Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast: USGS scientist National Wetlands Research Center Karen L. McKee will serve on a Marsh Collapse Advisory Panel convened by the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration. McKee will join other wetland experts in providing guidance for the “Louisiana Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.” This task, which is part of an overall effort by the State of Louisiana to update the 2007 Master Plan, will address the conditions under which a marsh collapses, such as where vegetative productivity is effectively zero. The panel recommendations will assist the Wetland Morphology Workgroup, led by NWRC Ecologist Greg Steyer, to produce a model that will predict future amount and extent of the wetland landscape, both with and without protection and restoration projects. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Geographer Receives Plaque for Outstanding Service: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Larry Handley was presented a plaque by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Mid-South Region on November 18, 2010 at the ASPRS/CaGIS 2010 Specialty Conference held in Orlando, Fla. The plaque read, “Presented to Larry Handley in grateful appreciation for 22 years of Outstanding Service and Leadership, Excelling as a Teacher, Researcher, Panelist, Steering Committee Member, Active Student Leader, National ASPRS Participant and Officer, often times simultaneously.” (Larry Handley; Rolla, Mo.; 573-308-3593)

  • Cub Scouts Visit NWRC to Attain Pins: Approximately 15 cub scouts and leaders from North Lewis Elementary Cub Scout Pack 463 Webelos viewed presentations and toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on November 22, 2010, to learn about wetland and related issues in order to attain their forestry and environmental pins. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • Phil Turnipseed new Wetlands Center boss (Teche News/; St. Martinville, La.; November 23, 2010) “Phil Turnipseed has been selected as the Director of the U. S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center.” (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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    LA Newsline

  • Wetlands center gets new chief (The Independent Weekly; Lafayette, La.; November 23, 2010) “United States Geological Survey veteran Phil Turnipseed has been named the director of the National Wetlands Research Center on Cajundome Boulevard in Lafayette.” (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • New director hired for wetlands center (2TheAdvocate – Daily Digest; Baton Rouge, La.; November 24, 2010) “Phil Turnipseed has been hired as the new director for the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, according to a USGS news release.” (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Executive Editor of Photography for National Geographic Magazine Kurt Mutchler contacted the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on November 22, 2010, to ask if anyone was calculating wetland loss from the oil spill and to see if the Center had pictures of a specific area of Bay Jimmy prior to the oil spill. Staff tried to identify the area from their coordinates; however it didn’t appear that the coordinates matched the area. Also, imagery from the area was not of sufficient resolution to show a comparison. (Greg Steyer; Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7201)

  • Reporter Laura Petersen with Environment & Energy Publishing’s Land Letter interviewed USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed on December 1, 2010, about his new position and about his thoughts on wetland research and conservation. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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