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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 17, 2012  

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  • New Paper on Multimetric Indices Published: A new article, “A general theory of multimetric indices and their properties,” was recently published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution by USGS National Wetlands Research Center Ecologist James Grace, Five Rivers contractor (at NWRC) Donald Schoolmaster, and E. William Schweiger of the National Park Service. The article stems from NWRC’s collaborative work with scientists from the National Park Service and was funded jointly by the USGS Park Monitoring Program and the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program. (James Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

  • NWRC Executive Management Team to Meet with USACE ERDC:  On May 18, 2012, the USGS National Wetlands Research Center Executive Management Team (EMT) will meet with Jack Davis of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Engineering, Research, and Development Center (ERDC) to discuss future collaboration and to plan a face-to-face meeting between the NWRC and the ERDC. USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Louisiana Business Manager Melissa Chavis, Wetlands and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief Thomas Doyle, Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson, and Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch Chief Greg Steyer are expected to attend. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Meets to Discuss Future of Climate Science Research:  On May 18, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, and NWRC Senior Research Ecologists Karen McKee, Ken Krauss, and Jim Grace will meet to discuss the future of climate science research projects in the NWRC. Grace, Krauss, and McKee are leading significant climate science programs with the USGS Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientist to Give Presentations in China:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will give a presentation to the Chinese Academy of Science, Key Laboratory of Wetland Ecology and Environment in Changchun, China, May 20, 2012. The title of the presentation will be “Using PCOrd for multivariate statistics in vegetation analysis.” Middleton will also give a presentation at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, May 21, 2012. The title of the presentation will be “Where have all the sedges gone? Collaborative Research on the Restoration Potential of Peatlands by the US Geological Survey and the Chinese Academy of Science.” (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC To Attend Gulf of Mexico Climate Data and Scenarios Workshop at LSU:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed was invited to attend and to moderate a technical session for the Gulf of Mexico Climate Data and Scenarios Workshop which is being convened by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., from May 21–23, 2012. The workshop will facilitate assessment of existing climate data capacity in the Gulf region, particularly regionally-downscaled climate information, and serve as a forum for discussion of opportunities to develop climate downscaling tools for natural resource management in a coordinated and prioritized manner among NOAA and Department of Interior agencies. Turnipseed will moderate a technical session on May 21 entitled “Existing Climate Data Resources (Programs and Portals) for the Gulf of Mexico Region.” (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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