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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 14, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist To Teach Students in Turkey About Conducting Ecosystem Function Studies: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton will give lectures and field demonstrations on conducting ecosystem function studies at Dumlupinar University in Kutahya, Turkey, May 1 – 7, 2011.  The Ecosystem Management Workshop is for graduate students, and part of the EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS) project sponsored by the European Union with scientists from the Czech Republic. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Participates in Big Thicket Conference:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton and Evelyn Anemaet (Five Rivers), Lei Ting (NWRC volunteer), Samantha Primer (LUMCON intern), and Guodong Wang (NWRC volunteer) attended the Big Thicket Conference in Nacogdoches, Texas, April  8-9, 2011. Middleton gave two presentations including “Climate change and function of western swamps” and “Remediation after Deepwater Horizon pushed oil from coast, and provided pulsed hydrology.”  Evelyn Anemaet presented the poster “Dendrobands made easy: using modified cable ties to measure incremental growth of trees” and Lei Ting presented the poster “Climate change and seed germination and seedling growth of baldcypress swamps.”  (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC Geographer presents at AAG Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center geographer Adam Baumgart-Getz gave a presentation on “Determinants of Agricultural BMPs” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Wash., April 12 – 16, 2011. (Adam Baumgart-Getz; New Orleans, La.; 504-862-1074)

  • Hydrologist with USGS MWSC Presents Seminar at NWRC: Richard H. Coupe, hydrologist with the USGS Mississippi Water Science Center in Jackson, Miss., presented “Fate and Transport of Glyphosate and its degradation product AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) in Surface Waters of Agricultural Basins” at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center April 13, 2011. (Nicole Cormier; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8838)

  • NWRC Director Participates in SCA Center Directors Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed participated in the South Central Area Center Directors Meeting in Baton Rouge, La., April 13 – 14, 2011. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Scientists with Chinese Academy of Science to Visit NWRC: Scientists of the Key Laboratory of Wetland Ecology and Environment of the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology of the Chinese Academy of Science will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and tour study sites in Jean Lafitte National Park on April 18 – 19, 2011.  Presentations on NWRC wetland ecology research will be presented by Tom Doyle, Eljiah Ramsey, Amina Rangoonwalla, Karen McKee, Lei Ting, Hongqing Wang and Beth Middleton. Field demonstrations will be presented by Beth Middleton's research group (Evelyn Anemaet, Samantha Primer, Lei Ting and Guodong Wang).  The delegation is organized by Dr. Jiang Ming, who was a visiting scientist at NWRC in 2009, and will include Professors He Xingyuan (director), Lu Xingguo, Song Changchun, and Mrs. He Xingyuan. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC Scientist To Present Seminar at Michigan Technological University: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton will present a university-wide seminar at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich., on April 21, 2011. The title of the talk is “Non-equilibrium dynamics in northern fens.” (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • NWRC Branch Chief Named Chairman of Task Force’s Science Subgroup: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Gregory Steyer has been appointed as chairman of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Science Subgroup charged with developing the Task Force’s science plan. (Gregory Steyer; Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7201)

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