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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 28, 2013  

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  • National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems: Susan Testroet-Bergeron, Five Rivers Services contractor at the USGS NWRC, represented the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Public Outreach Committee during the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems held in New Orleans from March 24-26. Her presentation, “The Dollars and Sense of Coastal Restoration,” shared materials CWPPRA uses to teach wetland restoration economics to young adults. The conference emphasized the economic value of ecosystem-based goods and services, with a goal to help attendees better understand the market and non-market values of water resources, wetlands, and fisheries and to provide decision makers with the necessary tools to create policies. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8542)

  • More than Mud: Seminar on Decomposition of Organic Matter: Lara Ainley, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, gave a seminar on March 26 at the USGS NWRC. She presented data from her dissertation work on eelgrass and white mangroves at research sites across New South Wales. The title of her seminar was “Climate warming and coastal development effects on organic matter decomposition.” Decomposition of organic material is an important ecological process for carbon and nutrient cycling and has a major role in fueling coastal food webs. Climate warming and coastal development have the potential to modify decomposition processes by altering the physical environment in which decomposition occurs. Ainley studied decomposition of eelgrass and white mangroves in northern and southern NSW in nutrient enriched and unenriched estuaries. The results suggest that climate warming and coastal development will act synergistically to influence rates of decomposition in estuarine environments. To minimize the risk of accelerated decomposition rates causing sediment anoxia, management strategies that focus on limiting the nutrient loading of susceptible coastal environments may be necessary. (Nicole Cormier; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8838)

  • ULL and NWRC Meet to Discuss Future: On March 27, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and Branch Chief Scott Wilson met with Ramesh Kolluru, Interim Vice President for Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, to discuss research between the two institutions, the future of the NWRC footprint on the ULL campus, and current and future memorandums of agreement between the USGS and the University. Turnipseed and Wilson particularly wanted to gain insight on the University’s plans for the Research Park. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Lake Pontchartrain Urban Waters Federal Partnership: On April 2, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in an Environmental Protection Agency-led teleconference and webinar with the other Federal leads. Turnipseed will update the group on work with the University of New Orleans Coastal Education and Research Facility and the provisional geospatial front-end developed by NWRC. The Lake Pontchartrain Urban Waters Federal Partnership pilot project supports local restoration efforts. Goals include enabling safe public access, restoring essential facilities and structures, and providing environmental education to the community. Federal partner agencies are working with the City of New Orleans, other interested municipalities, Louisiana State agencies, and local non-governmental agencies to make these goals a reality. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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