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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 6, 2011  

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Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Effects of Climatic Warming Found to be Especially Problematic for Endemic Plants: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jim Grace, in collaboration with Ellen Damschen (Univ. Wisconsin) and Susan Harrison (Univ. California – Davis) reported in the December issue of Ecology results from a study of vegetation changes over the past 50+ years in southern Oregon. The authors found sharp declines in herbaceous plant abundance and a shift in community composition toward species adapted to warmer and drier conditions. Because most of the rarest species in the region are specialized to live on serpentine soil outcrops, these rarest of species seem to be most at risk from a warming climate due to the problems of migrating when requiring specialized soil conditions. The article is available at http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/09-1057.1. (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

  • Science Magazine Selects Climate Change Article as Editor’s Choice: A USGS-coauthored paper published this week in the journal Ecology was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Science magazine under the heading “Narrow Niches and Nowhere to Go.” The Science write-up emphasized the role of the publication in highlighting challenges to the migratory adaptation of species in response to changing climatic conditions. The write-up is available at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6010/twil.full.pdf. (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

  • NWRC Contractor Informs Eunice Rotary Club About Louisiana Wetlands: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin gave an invited presentation to the Rotary Club in Eunice, La., about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands on December 29, 2010. She discussed wetlands functions and values, land loss, and restoration, as well as damage caused by the invasive species nutria. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • Geological Scientist Discusses Bird Deaths (KATC TV 3 & KATC.com; Lafayette, La.; January 5, 2011) “One thing Barrow and other scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey Center in Lafayette are trying to do is track the movements of birds better by using Doppler radar systems.” (Wylie Barrow; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8668)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Living on the edge (chinadialogue; December 17, 2010) “Scott Wilson is chief of the spatial analysis branch at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.” (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • Vietnam Diary: Climate Justice (Climate Central; January 3, 2011) “Dr. Duong Van Ni, a director with the Delta Research and Global Observation Network, came to Ho Chi Minh City yesterday to teach us about the specific impacts the Mekong Delta is anticipating and trying to prepare for.” (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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