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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, October 13, 2011  

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  • NWRC Educates Green Team Students from Converse, La: On October 7, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Information Specialist, Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin, and the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) staff, Susan Testroet-Bergeron, Cole Ruckstuhl, and Taylor Suir, hosted students and faculty from Converse Middle School. Twenty-seven students were treated to a host of educational presentations from USGS staff personnel including:  the use of weather radar to monitor bird movements, Lori Randall; the importance of GIS and mapping, Chris Wells; amphibian research and monitoring, Brad Glorioso; the effects of CO2 on plant growth, William “Ches” Vervaeke; and the use of advanced computer applications to share wetlands research, Christina Hunnicutt and Joey Richard. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division Visits NWRC: On October 13, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch Chief Greg Steyer met with Barbara Kleiss (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division) to discuss future collaborative conservation, restoration, and protection science in the Gulf of Mexico. The group also discussed new sediment delivery and land change analysis in the Atchafalaya River Basin, the new Hydro-Delta study being undertaken by the USACE in cooperation with the State of Louisiana, and future collaborative efforts between the USACE and NWRC in Vietnam. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Gulf of Mexico Research Institute Director to Meet with NWRC: On October 17, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will meet with Robert Morehead (Mississippi State University Department of Civil Engineering) and Steve Ashby (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center) to discuss cooperation in the near future on Ecosystem Science and Geospatial needs in the Gulf of Mexico Region. Morehead is the Director of the Gulf Research Institute (GRI) headquartered at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The GRI is a multi-institutional organization established to improve society’s ability to understand and mitigate the impacts of hydrocarbon pollution and stressors of the marine environment, with an emphasis on conditions found in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the knowledge accrued will be applied, not only to resolve but also to improve, the long-term environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture to Meet with NWRC: On October 18, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will meet Steven McKnight and Steve Brock of the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMV JV) to discuss current wetland marsh and cypress and bottomland forest ecosystem conservation. Turnipseed was recently appointed to the LMV JV managing board and is enthusiastic about the NWRC becoming a larger cooperating partner. The LMV JV is a self-directed, non-regulatory private, state, and federal conservation partnership that exists for the purpose of implementing the goals and objectives of national and international bird conservation plans within the Lower Mississippi Valley region. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Louisiana Folk Healing Seminar: University of Louisiana at Lafayette anthropologist C. Ray Brassieur will present a public seminar, “The Gourd, the Cross, and the Cockroach: Parts and Wholes of Louisiana Folk Healing,” at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center on October 18, 2011. The lecture will explore Louisiana folk healing along with the cultural and natural systems within which it operates. The event is being held as a component of Experience Atchafalaya Days, which is designed to educate people about recreational opportunities and the natural and cultural resources of the 14 parish area that comprises the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Atchafalaya Days runs through October and is sponsored by the Friends of the Atchafalaya and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, a program of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Society of Wetland Scientists Meeting at NWRC: The South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists, a nonprofit educational organization founded to promote the exchange of information related to wetlands, will hold its annual meeting at NWRC from October 20 – 22, 2011. The meeting will feature two workshops and a plenary session entitled “Challenges to Achieving a Resilient Gulf of Mexico Coast.”  A major highlight of the meeting will be a competition between graduate students presenting results of their research. The student awarded first place in the competition will receive a sponsorship to attend the international Society of Wetland Scientists meeting in Orlando, Fl., in June 2012. (Rebecca Howard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8639)

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