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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 27, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist To Update Task Force About Island Applesnails: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Ecologist Jacoby Carter will provide an update concerning his work on island applesnails for the first Louisiana Aquatic Nuisance Species Council and Task Force meeting of 2011 on February 7. Carter will discuss range extension, possible funding for research from USGS, and a study with the Episcopal School of Acadiana on range changes. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Meets with Regional Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Environment: On January 20, 2011, Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director) and Dr. Scott Wilson (NWRC Spatial Analysis Branch Chief) met with Mr. Lars Herbst, Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region of the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Environment (BOEMR) in New Orleans, La., to discuss NWRC collaborative opportunities with BOEMR. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC meets with University of Louisiana Leadership Council: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed met with University President Joseph Savoie, Vice President for Research Robert Twilley, and other members of the Executive Council of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on January 24, 2011.  The NWRC was the first facility built in the ULL Research Park and has maintained a large presence on the ULL campus by serving as a conduit for teaching scientific practices to hundreds of ULL students through the years. Turnipseed pledged to continue to enhance and build on this long and symbiotic relationship. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Attends Meeting of the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority: On January 26, 2011, Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director) and Dr. Thomas Doyle (NWRC Wetland and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief) attended the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority (CPRA) meeting in Lake Charles, La., to discuss NWRC collaborative opportunities with the many Federal, State, local, and private entities in attendance. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative To Visit NWRC: Greg Wathen, coordinator, and John Tirpak, chief scientist, of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on January 27, 2011. Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director), Thomas Doyle (NWRC Wetland and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief), Scott Wilson (NWRC Spatial Analysis Branch Chief), Barry Wilson (Gulf Coast Joint Venture), and Bill Bartush (Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Prairies LCC) will discuss initiation and implementation of LCCs in the region and how the NWRC will help kick-off this critical new multi-stage, interagency effort.  (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC To Meet with University of Louisiana at Lafayette About Louisiana Master Plan: On January 27, 2011, Lucila Cobb (Office Manager/Vice President, Brown and Caldwell) and Robert Twilley (Vice President for Research, ULL) will visit USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and others to discuss collaborative opportunities with regards to the 2012-2017 State of Louisiana Master Plan for Restoration and Protection of the Louisiana Coast. The visit will include a tour of the NWRC facility and a meeting with members of the NWRC Executive Management Team. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Staff and Contractors To Present at LA FAS Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Microbiologist Jill Jenkins and contractors Heather Olivier and Tyler Thigpen will give presentations at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society January 27 – 28, 2011, in Lafayette, La. Jenkins will present “A geographic information system tool for aquatic resource conservation: Red and Sabine River watersheds.” Olivier will present “Stabilizing blood samples in the field for laboratory analyses: Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) and the Mississippi Canyon 252 Oil Spill.” And Thigpen will present “Gonad histology of male bronze frogs (Rana clamitans) exposed to atrazine in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana.” (Jill Jenkins; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8607)

  • NWRC To Meet with DOI National Business Center To Discuss Aviation Needs: On January 28, 2011, Bill James of the Department of the Interior National Business Center will visit USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and others to discuss aviation needs and opportunities. The NWRC currently operates a comprehensive aviation service for pre- and post-disaster use. The NWRC plane includes custom modifications for collection of hyperspectral scanner and conventional B&W panchromatic and Color Infrared aerial camera data. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed was interviewed on January 26, 2011, by Jodi Helmer, a free-lance writer producing an article for the Design-Build Institute of America’s new quarterly publication, IQ: Integration Quarterly. The editor of the magazine requested Helmer produce a profile article about Turnipseed for their publication. Turnipseed was asked about his background, challenges, and future plans for the Center. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Andersen New Deputy Center Director for USGS National Wetlands Research Center(University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research News and Announcements; Lafayette, La.; January 2011) “Matthew Andersen has been selected as the Deputy Center Director of the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La.” (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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