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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 29, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Science Article Receives Praise for Furthering Progress towards Theories with Predictive Value: Science magazine has published an Op Ed piece in its Perspectives section by Michael Willig on “Biodiversity and Productivity” praising the contribution by Adler et al. in last week’s issue of the magazine. In this article, Willig (Univ. Connecticut) describes the main point of the contribution in the following way, “A final topic [in his review] is the role of multi-causality in a complex world. It should not be surprising that the relationship between biodiversity and productivity is complex, scale dependent, and context specific in nature.” Jim Grace of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center explains the issue this way, “The reason there is a tension between general, simplistic theories and more complex multivariate theories is fundamentally linked to the need for a new generation of statistical analyses that matches the causal complexity of scientific theories. Classical approaches to statistical analyses are designed to focus on the existence (or not) of individual effects, controlling for other (nuisance) effects. Such methods support an accumulation of simple generalizations that are not useful in generalizing about natural systems. This paper emphasizes the need to “get over the hump” and “Rather than investing continued effort in attempting to identify a simple general pattern, ecologists should focus on more sophisticated approaches already available for investigating the complex, multivariate processes that regulate both productivity and richness.” Willig’s article can be found at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6050/1709.full. A press release from the National Science Foundation for the article can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121691&org=DEB&from=news. (Jim Grace, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8632)

  • NWRC Participates in USGS Call to Discuss Geospatial Concerns Related to the Federal Urban Waters Partnership:  On September 26, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and USGS IT Specialist Craig Conzelmann participated in an Eastern Region-led teleconference to discuss geospatial concerns related to the Federal Urban Waters Partnership. The NWRC is initiating an advanced computer application for the EPA-led Federal Urban Waters Partnership pilot project in the New Orleans/Pontchartrain area.  Conzelmann demonstrated to the participants some of the capabilities the NWRC Advanced Computer Applications Team currently have ongoing with a diverse set of cooperators.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Educates Attendees of Department of Commerce Event: On September 27, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen and Cole Ruckstuhl exhibited at an event at the University of New Orleans where the Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and Chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Garret Graves announced three projects worth approximately $102 million to restore wetlands and barrier islands in Louisiana through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA). Andersen and Ruckstuhl, an NWRC contractor who provides outreach assistance for CWPPRA, educated attendees about land change in Louisiana by showing them NWRC’s latest land change map and distributing its accompanying report and other materials. Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA 2nd District), who spoke at the event, spoke with Andersen about the map and received copies of the report. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • USGS NWRC Participates in S.C. Nursery and Landscape Association Fall Field Day in Columbia, S.C.:  On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks conducted a State Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Training Workshop at the Sandhill Research & Education Center in Columbia, S.C.  The workshop, which is part of the USGS National EDRR Capacity Development Program, was held at the 2011 joint Fall Field Day of the S.C. Nursery and Landscape Association and the S.C Landscape and Turfgrass Association. Workshop participants included certified landscapers, garden center representatives, and ornamental plant growers from around the state. The purpose of the workshop was to engage the South Carolina plant nursery and landscape industry in ongoing efforts to prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of exotic invasive plants in the U.S. and Canada. More information about the 2011 SCNLA/SCLTA Fall Field Day may be found at http://sclta.com. For more information about the workshop or the USGS National EDRR Capacity Development Program, contact Westbrooks at rwestbrooks@usgs.gov. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C.; 910-648-6762)

  • NWRC Meets by Teleconference to Discuss Data Gathering for Retrospective of USGS Flood Response Activities for the 2011 Floods in the Mississippi and Missouri River Basins:  On September 29, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen participated in a USGS Headquarters-led teleconference to discuss data gathering for a retrospective of USGS response activities with respect to the 2011 floods in the Mississippi and Missouri River Basins.  Andersen is serving on this Headquarters-led initiative as the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area representative. Both Turnipseed and Andersen will work on providing the NWRC flood response and retrospective data and analysis for this group. The group will meet again the afternoon of October 5. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC To Participate in Call with Acting Associate Chief Biologist for Information and Core Science Informatics:  On October 3, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and NWRC Librarian Linda Broussard will participate in a teleconference with the Acting Associate Chief Biologist for Information and Core Science Informatics Director Cheryl Morris and Acting Deputy Associate Director for Ecosystems Martha Garcia to discuss the future of the NWRC Library as the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area Hub Library. Plans for funding the NWRC Library and how the NWRC Library will function in the future will be discussed at length. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC To Meet by Teleconference to Discuss Plans for Post-flood Land Change in the Mississippi River, Atchafalaya River, and Wax Lake Deltas:  On October 3, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen,  NWRC Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch Chief Greg Steyer, NWRC Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson, and NWRC Geographer Brady Couvillion will meet by teleconference to discuss plans for post-flood land change in the Mississippi River, Atchafalaya River, and Wax Lake Deltas. Steps to implement an analysis as soon as feasible will be discussed. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Notable Congressional Activity

  • USGS Louisiana Science Centers To Brief U.S. Congressional and Senatorial Staffs Representing Louisiana in Washington, DC:  From October 4 – 6, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and USGS Louisiana Water Science Center Director George J. Arcement will travel to Washington, D.C., with USGS Central Communications Chief David Ozman to brief U.S. Congressional and Senatorial staffs representing Louisiana. The team will meet with all 8 Senatorial and Congressional staffs to present work ongoing in the USGS in Louisiana. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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