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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 10, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Proposal to Spatially Expand Oil Detection Mapping Accepted:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Oceanographer Elijah Ramsey, III received a notification letter from NASA stating that the NWRC proposal "Assessing Impacts and Monitoring Response of Coastal Wetlands to the Gulf Oil Spill" with NASA JPL-CalTech was accepted. The proposal cumulates the NWRC’s activities in direct mapping response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by using the unique PolSAR sensor system (UAVSAR) flown onboard the NASA G3 aircraft. (Elijah Ramsey, III; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

  • NWRC Scientist Judges LEEC Student Art Contest:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Wildlife Biologist Clint Jeske recently judged the 11 – 13 and 14 – 18 age groups for the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s tenth annual Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest. Winning entries are published in LEEC’s annual calendar. This year’s theme was “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

  • Feral Hog Invasive Species Study:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Stephen Hartley, working with Robert Gosnell of Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, captured and placed a GPS collar on a feral hog on May 2, 2012. Hartley is working with landowners and with staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to collar feral hogs for a recently initiated study. The results of this research will provide the natural resource managers knowledge of how to better manage and respond to invasive species. (Stephen Hartley; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8543)

  • DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science to Visit NWRC:  On May 10, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Director Phil Turnipseed and Five Rivers Media Specialist Susan Testroet-Bergeron will welcome DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science John Tubbs to the NWRC. Tubbs is participating in a Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) video on the DOI Urban Waters Federal Partnership's New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain Pilot project. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science to Address NWRC Staff:  On May 11, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will welcome DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science John Tubbs to the NWRC to address an all-hands meeting concerning the DOI Urban Waters Federal Partnership's New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain Pilot project and other DOI initiatives. Tubbs' visit will include a tour of the NWRC, meetings and discussions with the NWRC Executive Management Team and scientists, and a trip to the Atchafalaya River Basin to visit ongoing NWRC science in the region. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Attends 2012 Spring Meeting of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture Managing Board:  From May 15-16, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in the 2012 Spring Meeting of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture Managing Board at the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) facility on the campus of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. During this meeting, the GCJV Managing Board will discuss a variety of ongoing conservation efforts including a discussion of a shared boundary with Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture, a reallocation of shorebird objectives, a GCJV Waterfowl Science Needs Plan, and an addendum to the BCR 37 Landbird Plan. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Scientist to Give Presentations on Multivariate Statistics and Climate Change:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will give workshop presentations to the Chinese Academy of Science Key Laboratory of Wetland Ecology and Environment in Changchun, China, May 18, 2012. The titles of the presentations will be “Multivariate statistics in vegetation analysis” and “Using R statistical software in vegetation analysis.” She will give another presentation on May 16 entitled “Wetland function and composition of novel swamp environments.” (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

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