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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 19, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News – Current

  • Deepwater Horizon Restoration Draft PEIS Review: NWRC Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Branch Chief Greg Steyer, and Geographer Larry Handley provided scientific and technical reviews for portions of the “Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement” developed by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trustee Council. The purpose of the PEIS is to provide an analysis of potential environmental effects associated with the implementation of proposed types of restoration. NOAA took the lead in drafting the document. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Computer Scientist Presents Everglades Planning Model: Computer Scientist Kevin Suir gave a presentation July 12 to the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Ecological Modeling Team. He demonstrated the architecture and output of two Ecological Planning Tools: the amphibian community species richness model and the apple snail population model. Both are being developed by NWRC’s Advanced Applications Team for the South Florida-based Joint Ecosystem Modeling collaborative effort. (Kevin Suir; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8631)

  • Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprises CEO Welcomed: On July 16, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and Branch Chief Tom Doyle met with Kam Ng, new CEO of LITE, to welcome him to University Research Park and to discuss ongoing graphic visualization tool development for the Forecast Mekong project. Forecast Mekong is a successful research project with the U.S. Department of State’s Lower Mekong Initiative. Mr. Ng previously held the position of Deputy Director of Research with the Office of Naval Research in Washington, DC and replaced Robert Twilley who accepted a position with Sea Grant. Turnipseed and Ng discussed continued collaboration between the research centers. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Scientist Gives Presentation at LUMCON: NWRC Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will give a presentation July 20 to students participating in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Cocodrie, Louisiana. Middleton’s talk will focus on hydrological remediation of coastal swamps. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)
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