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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 2, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News – Current

  • USGS Contributes to New Book on Monitoring: Cambridge University Press released a new book, Design and Analysis of Long-term Ecological Monitoring Studies that includes a chapter written by several USGS authors. “Structural equation modeling and the analysis of long-term monitoring data” was authored by USGS scientists Jim Grace (National Wetlands Research Center), Jon Keeley (Western Ecological Research Center), and contractor Darren Johnson (Five Rivers Services at NWRC), along with Ken Bollen of the University of North Carolina. The text provides statistical approaches for collecting and analyzing data. (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

  • North Carolina A&T State University Students Visit NWRC: On August 2, several international graduate students, accompanied by Dr. Manuel ‘Manny’ Reyes, NCAT Biological Engineering Department, will visit with USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Branch Chief Tom Doyle, and NWRC science staff to discuss sea-level rise and mangrove modeling, wetlands applications, and coastal research. Currently, the NWRC and NCAT are co-sponsoring a Vietnamese doctoral candidate who is assisting the NWRC Forest Ecosystems Branch with research on the Atlantic seaboard. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Vietnamese Scientist Participates in Scientific Exchange: The USGS NWRC is hosting Nguyen Hoai Bao through a scientific exchange program from August 2 through September 7. Nguyen is a researcher, lecturer, and scientist at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His visit will focus on joint science activities between the USGS and the University Network for Wetland Research and Training in the Mekong Basin. Nguyen is working with NWRC staff to delineate wetlands in the lower Mekong Basin using remote sensing techniques. This type of scientific exchange strengthens the ability of scientists in Southeast Asia to apply remote sensing, GIS technology, and scientific research methods to environmental conservation in the Mekong Basin. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • USGS National Youth Program Manager Visit: USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and Information Specialist Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin will welcome USGS National Youth Program Manager, Don Sweet, to Lafayette August 6-7. Sweet will meet with Federal staff to discuss youth program coordination, future program direction, and student opportunities at the NWRC. The Pathways Program replaces the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas: On August 9, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and Branch Chief Scott Wilson will meet with the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Executive Steering Committee to discuss how USGS data can support the next generation atlas. Based on the concept of a traditional atlas, but offered via the Internet, the atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Turnipseed is working with the USGS Office of Surface Water to resolve latitude-longitude coordinates, data protocol, and interface issues involved with merging USGS environmental data with partners’ data in support of this effort. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)
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