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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 7, 2012  

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  • USGS Scientist Contributes to Assessment Published in Nature Magazine:  Marking 20 years since the “Rio Earth Summit,” a diverse team of the world’s experts on the contributions of biodiversity to ecosystem functioning will release a synthesis report in Nature Magazine on June 7, 2012. Led by Bradley Cardinale of the University of Michigan and contributed to by James Grace of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, the assessment worked hard to hammer out a consensus statement based on the review of over 600 ecological studies conducted over the past two decades. The motivation for achieving a consensus statement was the substantial controversy that has surrounded this topic regarding methodology and inference. Publication of this review article is timely, as international leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro June 20-22 for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as the Rio+20 Conference. (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

  • Deltas 2013 Meeting in Vietnam Being Planned:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen met with America’s Wetland Director Val Marmillion on May 31 to discuss plans for the next international deltas meeting, Deltas 2013. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • OMB Gulf Coast Visit:  Melanie Stansbury, Program Examiner at White House Office of Management and Budget, will participate in a Gulf Coast visit June 10-14, 2012. She will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 13 to receive briefings on the center’s research and to tour the facility. Prior to her visit to NWRC, she will learn about other USGS work being performed at the USGS Mississippi Water Science Center and the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center. She will also receive briefings from staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the State of Louisiana. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC to Host Mangrove Expansion Workshop:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (ULL) Researcher Thomas Michot will host a Mangrove Expansion, Climate Change, and Sea-level Rise Workshop June 12-13, 2012, at NWRC. The workshop will bring together scientists and resource managers to discuss the evidence and implications of mangrove expansion into temperate saltmarsh ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Mexico under climate change and rising sea levels. The workshop will provide an interdisciplinary platform to serve as a catalyst for regional exchange concerning monitoring and modeling mangrove expansion into saltmarsh dominated ecosystems. Relevant implications of associated wildlife and fisheries impacts will also be highlighted. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Data Coordination Meeting Concerning Gulf Atlas:  Russ Beard (NOAA-NESDIS) will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center to talk about data coordination between NWRC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concerning the Gulf Atlas on June 14, 2012. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • Prioritization Decision Support Tools to Support GCERTF:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff Scott Wilson, Steve Hartley, and Craig Conzelmann will meet with Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative Coordinator Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force DOI representative Chris Pease, and Gulf Coast Joint Venture Coordinator Barry Wilson about developing prioritization decision support tools to support the GCERTF effort on June 14, 2012. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • Safety Meeting to Cover Hurricane Preparedness and Personal Safety:  An all hands safety meeting will be held for the staff of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 15, 2012. It will include a review of hurricane preparedness, as well as a briefing from the Lafayette, La., Police Department concerning personal safety. (Matthew Andersen and John McCoy; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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