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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 21, 2013  

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Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Rotary Club Learns about USGS Science and Coastal Wetlands: USGS NWRC Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin gave a presentation to members of the Abbeville, Louisiana Rotary Club on February 20. Bodin provided an overview of NWRC’s scientific research along with information about the loss and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. A study released by the Research Center in 2011 indicated that the State lost approximately 1,900 square miles of coastal wetlands between 1932 and 2010. (Gabrielle B. Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • NWRC Scientist Educates Future Ecologists: USGS NWRC Ecologist Jacoby Carter will participate in the Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS Leadership Meeting in New Orleans February 20-23. The mission of Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented undergraduate students, to not only participate in ecology, but to lead. The program’s 8th annual leadership meeting brings together over 35 students who will participate in a four-day event they helped develop and will help run. As a Career Panel speaker, Dr. Carter will answer questions from students about his profession and academic background and will assist with a breakout session on ideas for the future. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Annual Report: The 2012 Annual Report for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative is now available online. The 2012 report highlights partnerships with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and several other Federal, State and non-governmental organizations. The region supported by the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC faces many challenges that threaten both wildlife and their habitat. Recognizing that ecological restoration and preservation of this diverse landscape is vital for the sustainability of a variety of species, the cooperative partnership is working to conserve fish, wildlife, and their habitats throughout the area. (Kristen Kordecki; Lafayette, La; 337-266-8535)

  • Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting: Employees from the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC, Gulf Coast Joint Venture, and the National Wetlands Research Center participated in the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual meeting held February 20-23 in Houston, Texas. Prior to the meeting, the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC held a Prairie Partners Meeting to define conservation goals of partners working in the region. Bill Bartush and Cynthia Kallio Edwards (GCPLCC), Steve DeMaso (GCJV), Blair Tirpak and Nicholas Enwright (Five Rivers Services), and Larry Allain (USGS) participated in the Prairie Partners Meeting which included a broad range of grassland/prairie experts from various Federal agencies, state wildlife departments, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations. Blair Tirpak gave a presentation during the TWS meeting titled, “Southeast conservation planning atlas: leveraging web technology for a spatial world,” while Nicholas Enwright gave a presentation titled, “Collaborative conservation in the Edwards Plateau Region, Texas.” (Bill Bartush; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8816)

  • USGS Researchers Participate in Mangrove Science Exchange: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Tom Doyle and mangrove ecologists Richard Day, Michael Osland, and Ken Krauss will participate in the Texas Mangrove Research Symposium, February 27-28, hosted by the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Port Aransas, Texas. Attendees will exchange information about ongoing governmental and university mangrove research, monitoring, and modeling activities along the Texas coast. Researchers will discuss issues relevant to mangrove expansion into saltmarsh zones, parks, and refuges, and potential impacts to associated fisheries and wildlife under rising sea levels and climate change. Four species of tropical mangroves are found along the Gulf of Mexico. Their extensive root systems protect the coast from erosion and storm damage. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

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