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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 21, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist To Deliver Plenary at VI Congresso Colombiano de Botánica: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee will deliver a plenary talk at the VI Congresso Colombiano de Botánica on August 14, 2011, in Cali, Colombia.  The title of her presentation is “Predicting Responses of Coastal Wetland Plant Communities to Elevated CO2, Sea-Level Rise, and Climate Change.”  McKee will present results of her research program, which focuses on global change ecology and biocomplexity of wetland ecosystems.  She will also visit several INCIVA Centers (Instituto Para La Investigación y La Perservación del Parimonio Cultural Y Natural del Valle del Cauca), universities, and State Environmental authorities to discuss mutual science interests and to deliver research presentations. She will also travel to mangrove field sites at Buenaventura and Malaga Bay on the Pacific Coast of Colombia with her former graduate student, Beatriz Giraldo-Sanchez. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Participates in the 2011 International ESRI User Conference: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Steve Hartley, Physical Scientist Craig Conzelmann, and GIS Specialist Nicholas Enwright (Five Rivers) attended the International ESRI User Conference in San Diego, Calif, July 11 – 15, 2011. Enwright presented “Developing a Prioritization Tool for Wetland Restoration in Coastal Louisiana." (Nicholas Enwright; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8613)

  • NWRC Meets with Regional Manager of the USFWS Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge System: On July 18, 2011, Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director), and Thomas Doyle (NWRC Wetland and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief), and Hardin Waddle (NWRC Research Herpetologist) met with Ken Litzenberger, manager of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge system and staff to discuss collaborative opportunities between the two agencies. Turnipseed gave a brief overview of the NWRC, Waddle presented current status of the NWRC efforts in the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI), and they discussed future work that the NWRC has capacity to bring to the table.  The group also discussed NWRC and USFWS efforts on the new EPA-led Urban Waters Pilot in the Lake Pontchartrain/New Orleans area. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Meets with Regional Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Environment: On July 19, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, NWRC Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson, NWRC Geographer Steve Hartley and NWRC Research Hydro-ecologist Gregg Snedden met with John Rodi, Acting Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region of the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Environment (BOEMRE) in New Orleans, La. The NWRC group presented recent coastal shoreline studies published by Steve Hartley and others, delivered a status report on Snedden's research in the Houma Navigation Canal and discussed NWRC collaborative opportunities with BOEMR. The group discussed DOI involvement in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force activities and upcoming meetings along with potential new work between the two agencies. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • New Land Change Map Presented to Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Geographer Brady Couvillion presented findings from the recently published USGS Scientific Investigations Map 3164 entitled Land  Area Change in Coastal Louisiana (1932-2010) to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, chaired by Garrett Graves, at their monthly meeting on July 20, 2011, at the University of New Orleans campus in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NWRC has developed a new map that illustrates wetland losses and gains on the Louisiana coastline from 1932-2010. This product provides opportunities to better understand the timing and causes of wetland loss, which are critical for forecasting landscape changes in the future. During the meeting, NWRC also distributed recently published documents.  The authority members asked both Turnipseed and Couvillion many questions and congratulated the NWRC on a map that will be used by decisionmakers for years to come.  A provisional video developed by the NWRC was also presented to the CPRA at the meeting.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Serving on Steering Committee for the 2011 Gulf Coast Summit:  The State of the Gulf of Mexico: On July 20, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson participated in one of many planning meetings for the 2011 Gulf Coast Summit: The State of the Gulf  of Mexico.  Turnipseed is serving on the steering committee for the meeting. The teleconference discussed the current draft agenda for the meeting, USGS participation and NWRC science topics that could be added to a technical session on reporting metrics. The summit is scheduled for December 4 – 8, 2011, in Houston, Texas, and is being hosted by the Harte Research Institute of Corpus Christi, Texas. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Continues Efforts in EPA’s Urban Waters Pilot Project:  On July 20 – 22, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed attended an EPA-DOI Urban Waters pilot project workshop in Washington, D.C., to discuss several new projects being initiated by a consortium of Federal, State, Local, and non-governmental organizations in the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area. This project is part of a National effort to better coordinate Federal actions in concert with community-based organizations and State and local governments to improve environments and economics of underserved urban water areas.  NWRC will develop a presence in the University of New Orleans’ Coastal Education and Research Facility located near the Chef Menteur Pass in eastern New Orleans.  During the workshop, DOI members including the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USGS met separately with John Tubbs (DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science) to discuss how to improve collaboration and implement projects across the country. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Biologist To Present Avian Ecology Program to IMPAC Group: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Wildlife Biologist Clint Jeske will present a program on avian ecology to participants in Lafayette’s IMPAC program (Involvement Makes Productive Active Citizens) for disabled individuals on July 22, 2011. (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

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

  • A writer on a fellowship from Harvard University interviewed USGS National Wetlands Research Center Ecologist Jacoby Carter on July 15, 2011, for a magazine article concerning nutria biology, environmental management of the animal, and the rodent’s structural impact. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

  • Asia News Editor Richard Stone with Science Magazine contacted the USGS National Wetlands Research Center July 13, 2011, concerning an article he is developing on the ecology of the Mekong River. He requested updated information about the DRAGON partnership and Forecast Mekong. NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will provide an interview and images for the article. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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