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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 27, 2012  

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  • Waterbird Biologist Visits NWRC: Sara Schweitzer, Coastal Waterbird Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Georgia School of Forestry and Natural Resources, visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center September 23-26. She presented a seminar entitled “Conservation of Waterbirds using Dredged-material Islands and Protected Beaches.” Schweitzer met with scientists to discuss piping plover and other shorebird research in coastal Louisiana and accompanied NWRC personnel to Isles Dernieres to observe the state’s piping plover population. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • Geography as a Career: USGS NWRC Geographer Chris Wells spoke to students from Paul Breaux Middle School’s Gifted and Talented class on September 25 about geography as a profession. He told them about his work, showed examples, and explained the preparation needed to become a geographer. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

  • NWRC Scientist to Give EcoSummit 2012 Presentation: USGS NWRC Research Ecologist Hongqing Wang will speak to environmental scientists during the 4th International EcoSummit Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on October 4. The conference theme is “Ecological sustainability: Restoring the planet’s ecosystem services.” Wang’s presentation is on using an integrated spatial modelling approach to study diversion effects on relative elevation and soil organic carbon sequestration in Louisiana’s deltaic wetlands under sea level rise and subsidence influences. (Hongqing Wang; Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7482)

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