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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 18, 2013

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Research Overview on Tidal Freshwater Swamps: USGS NWRC Ecologist Ken Krauss, USGS National Research Program Biogeochemist Gregory Noe, and USGS Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center Geologist Christopher Bernhardt gave a WebEx presentation on their work with tidally influenced freshwater swamps in the southeastern United States on April 17. The online presentation was delivered to USGS Climate and Land Use Change staff located in Reston, Virginia during their monthly staff meeting. Presentations provide program coordinators with an overview of ongoing studies. This work focuses on the ecological and biogeochemical changes affecting tidal freshwater forested wetlands. (Ken Krauss; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8882)

  • Data for Barrier Island Restoration: On April 23, Darin Lee of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will meet with USGS NWRC managers and researchers to discuss USGS datasets that could be used to assist with barrier island restoration projects. Geographer Bill Jones will provide an overview of past, present, and future National Wetland Inventory mapping activities, while Research Wildlife Biologist Clint Jeske will provide an update on current shorebird research efforts. Louisiana is expected to initiate many large barrier island restoration projects in the near future with funding provided though the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act (Public Law 112-141, section 1601) and Deepwater Horizon mitigation funds. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • The Water Institute of the Gulf Research Assessment: On April 25, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in a panel discussion, held in Baton Rouge, with The National Academies National Research Council Strategic Research for Integrated Water Resources Management Committee. The ad hoc committee will conduct a study and prepare a report that will provide independent advice to The Water Institute of the Gulf, which was established in 2011 as a not-for-profit, independent research organization located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This NRC project will focus on strategic research to support integrated water resources management. Representatives from NWRC, Tulane University, LUMCON, Louisiana Sea Grant, and LSU have been invited to present information on their organization’s current research related to global deltaic and coastal systems. Turnipseed will discuss the Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON) and Forecast Mekong. Both DRAGON and Forecast Mekong are ongoing programs with the U.S. Department of State. The NWRC has a critical interest in advancing the integration of hydrology and ecology into wetland science research. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • GOMA Federal Work Group Meeting: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson, Ecologist Kate Spear, and Geographer Larry Handley will participate in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Federal Work Group Webinar on April 25. Alyssa Dausman, USGS Science Advisor for the Southeast Region, and Ann Jochens, Executive Director of the Gulf Coastal Ocean Observing System, will give presentations. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. GOMA has identified priority issues that are regionally significant and can be effectively addressed through increased collaboration at local, State, and Federal levels. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

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