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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 8, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist Teaches Students About Coastal Louisiana Through Electronic Field Trip: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee participated in a program produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), which took middle and high school students on an electronic field trip called “Think Again: Restoring and Protecting the Gulf Coast.”  McKee helped answer students’ questions about the eroding Louisiana coastal region in a live broadcast on September 7, 2011. More than 15, 000 students from several Gulf Coast states attended the electronic field trip and submitted questions. The field trip, which also included an introductory video about what is being done to restore the coast, can be viewed at the LPB Learning Port. (Karen L. McKee, 337-266-8662)

  • Latest on Wetland Responses to Deepwater Horizon Presented at AFS Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen attended the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society held in Seattle, Wash., September 4 – 8, 2011. Andersen presented a summary of published and reviewed USGS science related to monitoring wetland responses to the Deepwater Horizon event of 2010. This presentation is part of a symposium on impacts of oil releases and spills on aquatic resources. The symposium was held on September 8. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • USGS Mississippi Water Science Center and NWRC Meet to Discuss Future Collaboration in the Gulf of Mexico Region:  On September 8, 2011, USGS Mississippi Water Science Center (MS WSC) personnel and USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed met at the MS WSC Offices in Pearl, Miss., to discuss future collaboration between the two science centers for work associated with the draft USGS Gulf of Mexico Science Plan. The group also discussed the potential for developing a holistic carbon budgeting program between the science centers. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Atchafalaya Basin Monitoring Still an Issue:  On September 9, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Wetlands and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief Thomas Doyle participated in a teleconference call hosted by Dave Fruge (La. Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration) to discuss ongoing multi-agency efforts to build and maintain a continuous monitoring effort in the largest freshwater swamp in North America. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Director Participates in Task Committee on Nautical Depth Webinar:  On September 14, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in a Task Committee on Nautical Depth Webinar. The committee is part of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) and is responsible for evaluating the use of active and passive nautical depth in U.S. channels and harbors and informing the navigation engineering community as to the merits of adopting nautical depth as a means to reduce maintenance dredging amounts and costs. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Takes Part in the Western Mississippi Sound Coastal Wetland Review WorkshopOn September 14 – 15, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Wetlands and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief Thomas Doyle, Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson, and Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch Chief Greg Steyer will participate in the interagency Western Mississippi Sound Coastal Wetland Review Workshop in Biloxi, Miss. This workshop will provide information about the Coastal Wetland Review and discuss additional information and resources available to collaboratively work together in mitigating the myriad of issues facing scientists in the Gulf of Mexico Region. This Interagency Coastal Wetlands Workgroup, led by EPA headquarters, is conducting a series of regional coastal reviews to examine stress-response relationships in coastal wetlands and what tactics and strategies exist for addressing the stressors or stemming wetland losses. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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