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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, October 24, 2013

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International Officials Visit NWRC: Seven officials representing Nigeria, Brazil, and Mexico toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on October 23. They were in Lafayette for the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE). Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Consul-General of Nigeria, based in Atlanta, Georgia, participated in the tour accompanied by his staff. Lilian Ponchio, commercial assistant with the Consulate General of the United States of America Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, was also in attendance. The delegation from the State of Tabasco, Mexico, was interested in learning about general wetlands management, accumulation of sediments in river deltas, dredging, and co-habitation with oil and gas activity. NWRC branch chief Tom Doyle and information specialist Gabrielle Bodin led the discussion and toured the group through the Center. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

LCCs Meet with LSU to Discuss Research: The Gulf Coast Prairie and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) met with South Central Climate Science Center (SC-CSC) consortium researchers from Louisiana State University to review SC-CSC and LCC science priorities in conjunction with LSU’s interests and capabilities in conservation and climate change research. Understanding and sharing landscape research priorities avoids duplication of effort and better leverages public dollars for conservation science. GCP and GCPO LCC personnel are located at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center. (Kristen Kordecki; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8535)

South Central Climate Science Center Research Workshop: USGS NWRC director Phil Turnipseed will participate in the Department of Interior South Central Climate Science Center Research Workshop on October 28-29, in Norman, Oklahoma. The meeting provides a forum for researchers and resource management professionals to discuss inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional research topics and develop teams in preparation for future requests for proposals. The meeting will provide an overview of the new U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Climate Hubs and how the SC-CSC intends to work with their region’s Hub, as well as with NOAA’s Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program and Climate Assessment for the Southwest. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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