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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 20, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Florida Threatened and Endangered Species Database: "Threatened and Endangered Vertebrates in Florida,” a new online tool, is now available through the Joint Ecosystem Modeling site. The database was developed by the USGS NWRC’s Advanced Applications Team, the University of Florida, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. The database includes almost 10,000 lines of data on 26 species grouped into 10 major categories based on important biological traits, including reproduction, migration, and dispersal, as well as species’ relationships to climate variables such as temperature, precipitation, salinity, and responses to extreme weather. Users can access species-specific information to guide research projects, develop ecological models, conduct vulnerability assessments, and inform conservation action plans. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Proposed Resource Managers Handbook on Sea-level Rise and Ecological Modeling: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Tom Doyle met with State and Federal partners along the northern Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northwest Florida September 17-21. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss a proposed Climate Science Center project to develop a Department of the Interior handbook for resource managers on sea-level rise and ecological modeling. Educational training sessions will evaluate user needs and understanding of concepts, data, and modeling tools for projecting sea-level rise and its impact on coastal habitats and wildlife. Feedback from these sessions will be used to structure the manual. The guide will provide a practical synthesis of the current state of knowledge and tools suitable for DOI land management needs across the southeastern United States. (Thomas W. Doyle, Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • NWRC Hosts Chinese Delegation of Wetland Scientists: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Tom Doyle will welcome a delegation of Chinese wetland scientists from several universities on September 27. The group will tour the facility and participate in an exchange of scientific presentations on coastal restoration, carbon sequestration, climate change, and ecosystem modeling, followed by a visit to Lake Martin. (Thomas W. Doyle, Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Presentation on Water Flow in Swamps: USGS NWRC Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will address the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on October 9. Her presentation will focus on novel water regimes in the function and composition of swamp ecosystems. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • Symposium Lecture on Swamp Ecosystems: USGS NWRC Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will give a presentation to staff from the Hydrological Sciences Lab of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on October 10. The title of the presentation will be “Knee deep in alligators: a view of the swamp from below the canopy.” (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

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