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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 31, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Hosts Southwest Louisiana USFWS Refuge Staff: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle and NWRC wetland scientists Rebecca Howard and Camille Stagg met with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge staff on March 22, 2011. They met with Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge Manager Richard Myers and Biologist Wayne Sayron and with USFWS Southwest Louisiana Complex Biologist Robert Gosnell to discuss future research activities to monitor subsidence and vegetation succession of marsh impoundments and marsh creation projects in Lacassine and Sabine National Wildlife Refuges. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Japanese Professor Visits To Learn About NWRC Research: Yoshiyuki Yamamoto visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center March 23 – 24, 2011, at the invitation of Center Director Phil Turnipseed. Yamamoto is an assistant professor at Aichi Institute of Technology in Toyota City, Japan. He visited NWRC to learn about the Center’s applied research in the use of SAR Polarimetric techniques for oil spill detection and hyperspectral data analysis with EO-1 satellite data for invasive species detection. Researchers in the NWRC Remote Sensing Applied Research group discussed and exchanged ideas about the application of remote sensing in both natural and urban environments, particularly by using radar and optical sensors aboard the Japanese ALOS satellite. Yamamota also met with a number of NWRC researchers to discuss their individual projects, including Yukihiro Suzuoki, Amina Rangoonwala, Jacoby Carter, Tom Doyle, Steve Hartley, and Chris Wells. (Profile: (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • WBCCI Group Learn About Wetlands and NWRC: Approximately 30 members of the Louisiana Acadiana Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (Airstreamers) learned about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on March 24, 2011. The visitors were from throughout the Nation. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Deputy Director Presents Glen Canyon Dam Work to Rotary Club Members: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen gave a presentation to the Lafayette Rotary Club about previous work concerning the application of science in the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program in Arizona on March 28, 2011. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Meets To Discuss Initiation of the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPLCC): USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Branch Chiefs Thomas Doyle and Scott Wilson, GCPLCC Coordinator Bill Bartush and Gulf Coast Joint Venture Coordinator Barry Wilson met on March 30, 2011, to initiate steps to begin staffing the GCPLCC.  The NWRC is supporting the successful implementation of the GCPLCC and the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC.  Jointly funded staff members, building operational space, and other topics were discussed. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • NWRC Participates in Department of State Teleconference to Discuss the USA-China Strategic 10-year Wetlands Framework: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson participated in a teleconference with Phillip Antweiler, Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Ecology and Conservation (OES/ENC) on March 30, 2011, to discuss NWRC participation in the new DOS OES/ENC USA-China Strategic 10-year Wetlands Framework (TYF).  A meeting for the TYF will be held in Beijing, China from April 18 – 20, 2011.   Currently the meeting is planned to include the DOS OES/ENC, the PRC State Forestry Administration, and other U.S. Federal Agencies.  Turnipseed and Wilson have been asked to participate, represent the NWRC, and to provide an NWRC overview and proposed plans to help successfully implement the TYF. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Attends NOAA Hypoxia Workshop / Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Deputy Director Matthew Andersen will participate in a NOAA Hypoxia Workshop / Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (GCERTF) meeting to be held in Bay St. Louis, Miss., March 31 – April 1, 2011. Turnipseed and Andersen both serve on Science Coordination teams under the GCERTF.  This meeting will be a great opportunity to assist the GCERTF in continued planning and reporting the task force's charge before the September 30, 2011, deadline. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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

  • Coastal Crusader (Integration Quarterly: The Publication of the Design-Build Institute of America; Spring 2011) “The new director of the National Wetlands Research Center is determined to usher in a collaborative approach to problem solving.” (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Artists show their strength(Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; March 26, 2011) “Walking into the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center, knowing that you have a piece of art that is your own on display, can be a unique experience.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS Wetlands Center hosts women's works(Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; March 29, 2011) “One-year-old Sage Morvant looks up at exhibit patrons as they comment on a triptych of stained glass designed by Ellen Caillouet on Monday at the USGS Wetland Research Center in Lafayette.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Wetlands Center hosts women’s works (Opelousas Daily World; Opelousas, La.; March 29, 2011) “New Iberia's Margaret Melancon created the piece, one of more than 80 on display at this week's "Our Story Through Art Is Our Strength" show of Acadiana's women artists at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Art Exhibit Honors Community, Nature and Women's History Month (; Lafayette, La.; March 22, 2011) “Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin, Outreach Project Leader with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, says ‘Our Story Through Art Is Our Strength, and will encompass a variety of visual media.’” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center (; Lafayette, La.; March 29, 2011) “Learn about current US Geological Survey research in wetland ecology including ways to manage and restore disappearing LA wetland habitats.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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