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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 26, 2013

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

Two New Remote Sensing Studies Established: USGS NWRC scientists Elijah Ramsey III and Beth Middleton will participate in two new projects recently established with the USGS Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit related to the Hurricane Sandy response and resilience studies. The first study with Professor Michael Kearney at the University of Maryland is titled “Extending and Advancing Remote Sensing Mapping of the Status and Trends of Marshes and Wetland Forests Focusing on the New Jersey Coastline.” The second with Professor Arthur Schwarzschild at the University of Virginia is titled “Developing Remote Sensing Methods for Monitoring of the Status of Aquatic Vegetation and the Marsh-Upland Edge Response to Severe Storms.” (Elijah Ramsey III; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

Scientists Develop Site-specific Research Strategies: USGS NWRC scientist Elijah Ramsey III and Five Rivers Services contractor Amina Rangoonwala met with co-investigators regarding their project, “Long-term consequences and management responses to coastal wetlands and lagoons impacted by Hurricane Sandy.” TNC chief conservation scientist Barry Truitt will help the team focus on establishing site-specific research strategies. Professor Robert Christian (International Long-Term Ecological Research Board Member) from the University of East Carolina, is coordinating and guiding long-term research sites and activities across Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The study sites are located on the TNC’s Virginia Coast Reserve. (Elijah Ramsey III; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

Priorities Set for Conservation Work in Vietnam: USGS NWRC branch chief Scott Wilson attended the 8th U.S.-Vietnam Science and Technology Joint Committee Meeting at the U.S. Department of State on September 23-24, in Washington, D.C. This meeting was held to discuss and develop joint U.S. and Vietnam conservation priorities for the next several years. Action items developed by this effort will serve as the basis for future work in Vietnam. Also attending from USGS were Matthew Andersen, senior science advisor-environments, Ecosystems Mission Area; Greg Smith, director, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; and Jim Stefanov, deputy regional director, Southeast Region. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

Avian Shorebird Work Related to Hurricane Sandy: USGS NWRC ecologist Kate Spear met with Patuxent Wildlife Research Center scientists Linda Wier, Alicia Berlin, and Deanna Dawson on September 23 and 24 in Laurel, Maryland, to discuss avian shorebird work related to Hurricane Sandy studies. USGS is conducting several research projects along the Mid- and North Atlantic coast to assess storm impacts to waterfowl and migratory birds that will support conservation in response to Hurricane Sandy, inform management in the face of climate change, and increase preparation for future storm events. (Kate Spear; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8645)

Community-Based Salinity Monitoring Project: USGS NWRC branch chief Scott Wilson and ecologist Kate Spear met with Ni Van Duong, president of The University Network for Wetland Research and Trainings in the Mekong Region, and Cindy Thatcher, geographer at the USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center on September 25, at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland. Discussion centered on the current status of the community-based salinity monitoring project in Vietnam, developing new technological methods to overcome limitations of the previous system, and discussing an action plan based on FY14-15 funding from the U.S. Department of State. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

Post-Hurricane Sandy Support and Response Meeting: USGS NWRC branch chief Scott Wilson and ecologist Kate Spear will meet with Matthew Andersen, senior science advisor-environments, Ecosystems Mission Area, on September 26, in Reston, Virginia, to discuss post-Hurricane Sandy science support and response, including geospatial coordination and projects investigating impacts to coastal ecosystems, habitats, and fish and wildlife. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

Northern Gulf Coast Emergent Wetlands Status and Trends: USGS NWRC branch chief Scott Wilson and ecologist Kate Spear will meet with Cindy Thatcher, geographer at USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center, on September 26, in Reston, Virginia, to discuss the Emergent Wetlands Status and Trends in the Northern Gulf of Mexico 1950-2010 project. This project will provide scientists, managers, and citizens with valuable baseline information on the status and trends of emergent wetlands along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

CART Program Students Visit NWRC: Students participating in the Louisiana State University Central Louisiana Academic Residency for Teachers (CART) program toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on September 20. The students learned about tracking bird movements with Doppler radar from biologist Lori Randall, modeling and invasive species research from ecologist Jacoby Carter, and land change in Louisiana from information specialist Gabrielle Bodin. The CART program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The students are recent graduates or people changing careers to become science or math teachers. Upon completion of the program, participants earn a Master of Natural Sciences and a Louisiana teaching certification. Following that, they teach for 3 years in a central Louisiana school. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

FY14 Lapse in Appropriations: Beginning October 1, due to the lapse in appropriations, nonessential employees are prohibited from conducting work as a Federal employee, including returning phone calls and emails, until further notice. If you urgently need to speak with someone at the USGS regarding emergencies or matters of protecting life and property, call (703) 648-7411 or (703) 648-7412. For more information on the shutdown, please visit the Department of the Interior website. Thank you.

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