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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 26, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News – Current

  • Provisional Land-Water Classification Maps Available Online: Five Rivers Services contractors Adrienne Garber and Matthew Keller, under the direction of NWRC Geographer William R. Jones, completed analyses of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 site-specific Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) land-water and habitat classification data. Congress passed CWPPRA in 1990 in response to accelerated wetland loss in Louisiana. Since then, the Act has facilitated conservation and creation of coastal wetlands. Maps and data are available online ( from the CWPPRA projects site. Users can view and download site-specific results through the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System under spatial data – land/water analysis. (Adrienne Garber; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8642)

  • Decision Support Tool Proposed for Mobile River Basin: LCC Science Coordinator John Tirpak and Research Ecologist Mike Osland met with colleagues to discuss development of a decision support tool for guiding conservation activities within a watershed located in the Mobile River Basin. The MRB is the largest Gulf Coast drainage east of the Mississippi River and includes seven major river systems, providing a variety of habitats for many species of plants and animals. The purpose of the tool is to link local scale delivery efforts with large scale modeling within a framework that integrates natural resource conservation with ecosystem services across coastal and inland systems. The Gulf Coast LCC is based at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette. (John Tirpak; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8565)

  • Novel Chromatin Analysis Method for Use with Different Species: USGS NWRC Research Microbiologist Jill Jenkins will present results of a new biomarker developed for use with preserved male gametes on July 28 at the Association of Applied Animal Andrology Conference in Vancouver, BC. Her presentation demonstrates the utility and methods behind the biomarker developed using yellow perch cells from the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The specific method defined for yellow perch can be modified to detect sperm DNA damage in different species. The AAAA conference is one of five satellite meetings held in conjunction with the 17th International Congress on Animal Reproduction.  (J. Jenkins; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8607)

  • Study of the U.S. Institute on Global Environmental Issues: On July 31, USGS Louisiana WSC Director George Arcement, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, NWRC Research Ecologist Hongqing Wang, and others will meet with students from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam participating in the U.S. Department of State's Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues. The intensive and rigorous five-week program provides groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The group will meet at the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center in Baton Rouge to discuss the Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON), Forecast Mekong, hydrology, and hydraulics as part of their nation-wide educational study tour. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Hosts Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association Meeting: USGS NWRC Botanist Larry Allain will host approximately 60 members of the master gardeners club on August 1. After conducting a meeting, the group will view a presentation by Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin and tour the science center to learn about NWRC’s research. Allain is actively involved with the Master Gardeners Association. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)
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