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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 08, 2013

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NWRC Meets with USFWS National Aviation Manager: On August 12, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and Senior Geographer Christopher Wells will participate in a teleconference with U.S. FWS National Aviation Manager Anthony Liscano to discuss NWRC’s current aviation capabilities and plans for future capacity. Turnipseed and Wells have been planning an upgrade to the NWRC aviation program that includes outfitting a plane with Light Detection and Ranging (lidar), a hyperspectral scanner, and a synthetic aperture radar instrument. The equipment is needed for research, modeling, and mapping in a wetland landscape. Use of lidar technology in very wet areas has difficulties that can be overcome with a combination of remote sensing instrumentation. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Lake Pontchartrain Urban Waters Federal Partnership: On August 12, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in an Interior Department-led teleconference and webinar with the other DOI Federal leads of the Lake Pontchartrain Urban Waters Federal Partnership. Turnipseed will update the DOI group on work developed by NWRC in this Partnership. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

LAPB/LA TWS 2013 Fall Symposium: The joint 2013 Fall Symposium of the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists and The Wildlife Society will be held August 15-16. USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Geographer Richard Day, and several scientists from the NWRC will participate. Life-time LAPB/LA TWS member Richard Day coauthored a paper that has been nominated under the “general conservation” category of outstanding scholarly publications. The paper, Winter climate change and coastal wetland foundation species: salt marshes vs. mangrove forests in the southeastern United States, was authored by Michael J. Osland, Nicholas Enwright, Richard H. Day and Thomas W. Doyle. The team investigated the potential effect of winter climate change upon salt marsh and mangrove forests. The ecological implications of these marsh-to-mangrove forest conversions are poorly understood, but would likely include changes for associated fish and wildlife populations and for the supply of some ecosystem goods and services. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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