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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 12, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Director Participates in Urban Waters Pilot Project Conference Call: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed participated in a federal coordination conference call for the Urban Waters Pilot Project for the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area on May 9, 2011. This effort is to better coordinate federal actions in concert with community based organizations and state, local and regional governments to improve environments and economics of under-served urban water areas. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Director Participates in GCJV Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed participated in the Spring Business Meeting of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture Management Board May 11 – 12, 2011, in Spanish Fort, Ala. Turnipseed is a member of the board. The GCJV is a bird habitat conservation partnership that spans the coastal portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Director Discusses Wetlands Research in Podcast: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed was interviewed on May 10, 2011, for a USGS podcast, “Wade into Wetlands Research.” The podcast was produced in recognition of American Wetlands Month. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientist To Host NASA/USDA Scientists for Seminar: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Elijah Ramsey III will host Joseph Spruce, James Smoot, and Phil Kuper (Computer Sciences Corporation), William Hargrove (USDA Forest Service), and Jerry Gasser (Lockheed Martin) of NASA Stennis Space Center for a seminar at NWRC on May 17, 2011. They will present their use of 250-m MODIS NDVI daily or temporal composite time series data for computing national and regional forest monitoring products as inputs to a national forest threat early warning system being developed by the USDA Forest Service to identify locations of persistent disturbances. Products are validated using higher spatial resolution satellite data from the Landsat and ASTER sensors. Ramsey will introduce the speakers and provide a brief introduction of an NWRC and NASA Stennis collaborative development that combined 25-m image data with 250-m MODIS data to provide a daily and regional map product applicable at the forest stand level (25-m). (Elijah Ramsey III; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

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

  • When Frogs Croak [Louisiana Conservationist (La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries); Spring 2011] “The Bd fungus is in Louisiana, identified by folks from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Wetlands Center in Lafayette, La.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655) [“Bd fungus” refers to Batrachochytriumdendrobatidis.]

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • On May 10, 2011, KATC (ABC affiliate) in Lafayette, La., inquired about the increased number of animals expected to migrate to urban areas due to rising waters. They were referred to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. (Gabrielle Bodin; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • On May 11, 2011, a writer working with the International Clean Water Blog with Floating Island International inquired about whether people of the Cajun culture are concerned about mercury contamination in fish and whether they have reduced consumption because of the contamination. He was referred to appropriate contacts. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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