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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 20, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Geographers Play Key Role in NRDA Aerial Imagery Acquisition: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Branch Chief Scott Wilson, and Geographers Larry Handley and Chris Wells attended the Macondo 252 (Deepwater Horizon) Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Aerial Imagery Technical Working Group's meeting at the New Orleans Incident Command Center January 18 – 20, 2011. Handley is the chair of the Aerial Imagery Technical Working Group, and through his guidance, the group has acquired high resolution digital stereo aerial imagery for the Gulf Coast from Galveston, Texas to Apalachicola, Fla. Classification goals and methods for mapping habitat impacts from the oil spill were discussed at the meeting. Wells has been acquiring low altitude, rapid response imagery of targeted areas of importance. Handley and Wells have also been advising other technical working groups concerning imagery and mapping. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

  • NWRC Ecologist To Present Seminar on NSF-sponsored Population Dynamics Project: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Ecologist Jacoby Carter will present a seminar, “Green treefrog (Hyla cinerea) population dynamics in two urban pond complexes,” as part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Biology Seminar Series on January 20, 2011. The project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is a joint effort between NWRC and ULL’s Math and Biology Departments. Carter has worked with ULL undergraduate students on the project for the past five years. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

  • Delegates from Wetlands Research Center in China To Visit NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Ecologist Jacoby Carter will host three delegates from the Wetlands Research Center at China’s Capitol Normal University on January 22, 2011. The group’s research interests are wetland restoration and wetland birds and they are interested in establishing relationships with researchers with similar interests at the USGS NWRC. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

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

  • Real World Science: Marine Biology Students Get Their Hands and Feet Wet in the Field (Episcopal School of Acadiana Oasis; Cade, La.; Fall 2010) “In September, the class traveled to the Houma area to monitor invasive apple snails as part of a project run by the United States Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center.” (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

  • Marshes remain blackened by oil from BP blowout (The Advocate; Baton Rouge, La.; January 16, 2011) “Karen McKee, a research ecologist with the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, noted some people claim damage visible in photos of mangroves was caused by oil….Populations of birds and fish can vary widely from year to year based on many environmental factors, said Clinton Jeske, wildlife biologist with the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette.” (Clint Jeske; Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8500)

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