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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 17, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Director and Deputy Director Participate in USGS Ecosystems Center Directors call: On March 10, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Deputy Director Matthew Andersen participated in a conference call with USGS Ecosystems Center Directors and Robin O’Malley from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) to  discuss the NCCWSCs,  Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, implementation of Climate Science Centers, and other topics of interest to the Ecosystem Center Directors. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Meets with Program Coordinator of the USGS Coastal Marine and Geology Program (CMGP): On March 14, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and others met with John Brock and John Barras of the USGS Coastal Marine and Geology Program (CMGP) to discuss plans for future collaboration between CMGP and the NWRC. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Executive Management Team Meets To Discuss IT Assessment and the DOI Transformation: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Melissa Chavis (USGS Louisiana Administrative Officer), Sheron Griffin, Jeniefer Pryor, and NWRC Branch Chiefs Tom Doyle, Scott Wilson, and Greg Steyer (by phone) met to discuss IT assessment and the DOI transformation needs at the NWRC in the future.  Budget concerns for 2011, the new NWRC Landscape Ecologist recently hired, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and other topics were also discussed.  (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Meets with Associate Director for Water: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Deputy Director Matthew Andersen attended a working meeting with Bill Werkheiser, Associate Director for Water at the Louisiana Water Science Center to discuss sediment needs in the Mississippi River Basin on March 16, 2011.  The meeting, hosted by Charlie Demas (Director of the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center), provided a great opportunity to discuss how the Louisiana WSC and the NWRC can work together more closely in the future. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Plans Meeting with Long-term Estuary Assessment Group (LEAG): On March 15, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Branch Chief Thomas Doyle met with Shelly Meaux (Tulane University) to discuss a collaborative technical exchange with the LEAG in April at the NWRC. Several key Tulane scientists with LEAG will visit NWRC on April 28 for a working meeting to discuss collaborative opportunities to enhance research between the two organizations. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Scientists Meet at NWRC To Work on La. State Master Plan: The Science and Engineering Board of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) met at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center March 16 – 18, 2011, to discuss planning of the Louisiana 2012 CPRA Master Plan. The 2012 Master Plan will update and expand upon the 2007 Master Plan by presenting a new approach for considering the future of the Louisiana Coast. USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett and former USGS Director Charles Groat were in attendance. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • George Wright Society Members Visit NWRC: Members of the George Wright Society will tour the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on March 18, 2011, to learn about research at the Center. The tour is part of their annual conference which is being held in New Orleans. NWRC science was also presented to conference attendees, including USGS Director Marcia McNutt, through deployment of an outreach booth that was staffed by NWRC employees and contractors March 14 - 17. . The Society is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and management of cultural and natural parks and reserves through research and education. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Meets with Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute in Corpus Cristi, Texas : USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Branch Chiefs Gregory Steyer and Scott Wilson, and Staff Geographer Larry Handley will attend a working meeting with Larry McKinney, Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute Gulf of Mexico Studies, and the Institute’s staff on March 22, 2011, to discuss future collaboration opportunities between the Harte Institute and the NWRC. Turnipseed, Steyer, Wilson, and Handley will discuss a wide array of research plans and geospatial activities including the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS).   Part of the discussion will be how the NWRC can help initiate and implement a CRMS system in Texas. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • NWRC Staff Continue Work on Action Plan for the President’s Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and Branch Chief Gregory Steyer continue to contribute to their subcommittees supporting the Science Committee of the President’s Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Turnipseed is on the sub-committee addressing a sustainable storm buffer, Andersen is on the fisheries sub-committee, and Steyer is on the coastal wetland and barrier shoreline habitats subcommittee. Andersen and Steyer both contributed written elements to their subcommittees during the week of March 7 – 11, 2011, which are to be reviewed by the full Science Committee for possible inclusion in the Task Force Action Plan due in October 2011. NWRC personnel continue to participate in conference calls to review and advance the Action Plan. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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