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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 1, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • New Land Change Map Video Released: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center new 5-minute video, “Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana (1932 – 2010),” has been released to the public. It is based on the recently published map, Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana from 1932 to 2010. The new video is available at the USGS Multimedia Gallery and on YouTube.  (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • New Forecast Mekong Video Released: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center has released a new video, “Forecast Mekong: Visualizing Shared Waters.” The video discusses the ecology of the Mekong River and Delta and possible impacts from the construction of dams currently under consideration. The new video is available at the USGS Multimedia Gallery and on YouTube. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Carbon Budget and Sequestration White Paper Planned and Discussed:  On August 29, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Wetlands and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief, Tom Doyle, and NWRC Research Ecologist Ken Krauss participated in a conference call with the USGS Mississippi Water Science Center Studies Chief Richard Rebich, Hydrologist K. Van Wilson, Jr., and Research Geologists Lisamarie Windham-Myers, Mark Marvin-DiPasquale, and Randall B. Thomas. They discussed the potential for developing a holistic carbon budgeting program among the science centers and the USGS Water, Ecosystems, and Energy and Minerals Mission Areas. Discussion focused on carbon sequestration studies ongoing in the Lower Mississippi River Basin by personnel from the NWRC, the Mississippi WSC, and the Mineral and Energy Research Groups around the country.  The group agreed to continue this collaborative effort with the development of a white paper that provides a position for the USGS in this region on the subject of carbon cycling and budgeting.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Provides Update to DOI Federal Urban Waters Partnership: On August 29, 2011, NWRC Director D. Phil Turnipseed participated in DOI teleconference led by Lisa Pelstring and John Tubbs (DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science) to discuss current and future collaborative opportunities among the seven pilot projects around the Nation for the EPA-DOI led program. Turnipseed provided the group with a current status for the Federal Urban Waters Partnership pilot project in the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area. The current plan involves collaboration between NWRC and the CWPPRA Task Force, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, University of New Orleans Coastal Education and Research Facility, and a local New Orleans high school science department to build a video on the program. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Forecast Mekong Team Holds Teleconference to Begin Planning 2012 Program: On August 31, 2011, Jim Stefanov (South Central Area Deputy Regional Director) held a Forecast Mekong Team call to begin planning the 2012 program. Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director), Matthew Andersen (NWRC Deputy Director), Scott Wilson (NWRC Spatial Analysis Branch Chief), Tom Doyle (NWRC Wetlands Ecology Branch Chief), Craig Conzelmann (NWRC IT Specialist), and Christopher Wells (NWRC Geographer) were in attendance.  Among the tasks planned for 2012, the NWRC will be involved in the development of graphic visualization tool enhancement and a new fish accounting for the region that will address cause and effect of dam building on the lower Mekong River. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Participates in NOAA/EPA Webinar on Coastal Wetland Loss on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: On August 31, 2011, Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director) and Tom Doyle (NWRC Wetlands Ecology Branch Chief) participated in a NOAA/EPA-led Webinar on Coastal Wetland Loss on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The webinar was held in anticipation of an upcoming interagency workshop on the subject being planned for September 15, 2011, in Biloxi, Miss. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Continues Work on Steering Committee in Planning “Summit 2011: State of the Gulf of Mexico”: On September 6, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in an important planning teleconference of the Steering Committee to organize Summit 2011:  State of the Gulf of Mexico. The teleconference will be hosted by Larry McKinney, Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute Gulf of Mexico Studies, and others, to work on building the keynote, technical, and policy parts of the agenda. The summit is scheduled to be held in Houston, Texas, December 4 – 8, 2011, and will address several high level issues regarding the future health, restoration, and protection of the Gulf of Mexico Region and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Science Strategy. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientist To Present at International Workshop on Biology of Fish Gametes: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jill Jenkins will present "Review of Concepts Useful for Maintaining Quality of Reproductive Field Samples for Laboratory Study" at the 3rd International Workshop on the Biology of Fish Gametes being held in Budapest, Hungary, September 7 – 9, 2011. (Jill Jenkins; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8607)

  • Seminar on Climate Envelope Models: James Watling, Research Ecologist in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, will present a seminar entitled “Developing climate envelope models for threatened and endangered vertebrates in peninsular Florida” at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on September 7, 2011. He will provide an overview of his experience using climate envelope models to forecast climate change effects on 26 species of federally listed species from Florida, highlighting how he has dealt with describing and minimizing uncertainty in model projections. He will present preliminary output for select species and discuss how his results are relevant to natural resource management in the face of climate change. (Nicole Cormier; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8838)

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

  • LPB to bring the coast into the classroom (Alexandria Town Talk; Alexandria, La.; August 29, 2011) “Experts include: Jerome Zeringue, Deputy Director, Executive Division, Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration; Michael Massimi, Invasive Species Coordinator, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program; and Karen McKee, Ecologist, National Wetlands Research Center, US Geological Survey.” (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

  • Louisiana coastal land loss video release (Louisiana Sportsman; August 29, 2011) “Today, the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center is pleased to announce the release of a new Louisiana coastal land loss video, detailing key findings portrayed in its new coastal map.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • NWRC To Be Interviewed by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi Public Broadcasting:  On September 8, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will be interviewed by Libby Hartfield, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science on her Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio show, "Creature Comforts."  The interview will be live and air at 9:00-10:00 AM CDT.  Turnipseed and Hartfield will discuss the myriad of science issues facing the NWRC and how that research relates to native and invasive flora and fauna. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • USGS video dramatically depicts massive coastal Louisiana land loss (Delta Dispatches; August 31, 2011) “On Monday (August 29), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wetlands Research Center announced the release of a new Louisiana coastal land loss video, dramatically detailing key findings portrayed in its new coastal map.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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