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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 19, 2013

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

GCVA Steering Committee Meets: The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) steering committee met December 3-4, at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. The GCVA is a Gulf-wide initiative to identify and assess habitat and species vulnerabilities in a consistent manner across the Gulf of Mexico coast. Representatives from NWRC, USGS Southeast Climate Science Center, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Louisiana State University, and Mississippi State University participated. This work provides coordination across multiple programs and partnerships to achieve shared goals of planning for and adapting to climate change along the Gulf Coast region. (Kristen Kordecki; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8535)

Annual LAMP Meeting Held at NWRC: The USGS NWRC hosted the annual meeting of the Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program (LAMP) on December 14. LAMP is part of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey. The purpose of NAAMP and LAMP is to monitor anuran (frogs and toads) populations in order to detect regional changes. LAMP volunteers meet once a year to review changes in protocols, report unusual events along survey routes, distribute training CDs to new volunteers, and to get reports about the national program. This year’s guest speaker was NWRC Ecologist Hardin Waddle of the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI). He reviewed the history and recent accomplishments of ARMI. NWRC Ecologist Jacoby Carter hosted the meeting and reviewed changes in NAAMP personnel at the national level. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

Officials with Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology Visit: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Tom Doyle, research scientist Ken Krauss, ecologists Nicole Cormier and William Ches Vervaeke, USGS Louisiana Water Science Center research hydrologist Chris Swarzenski, and Five Rivers Services, LLC contractor Rebecca Moss met with Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology Director Xueqing Cao and scientist Guangming Zhao on December 15-18, in Lafayette, Louisiana. The institute, located in Qingdao, China, is part of the Chinese Geological Survey. The group discussed ongoing collaborative research on wetland greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands in China. They visited marsh sites at Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge where USGS scientists demonstrated techniques used to measure surface elevation change in wetlands. Cao and Zhao also met with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Geosciences Director David Borrock. (Nicole Cormier; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8838)

Tribal Climate Change Profiles to Include USGS Efforts in Louisiana: USGS NWRC Ecologist Kate Spear spoke with Kathy Lynn of the Tribal Climate Change Project on December 17. Lynn is interested in profiling Spear’s climate change adaptation work with the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. The Tribal Climate Change Project is a collaborative effort between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The project is developing a series of published profiles of innovative efforts to address climate change through adaptation and mitigation strategies that are intended to be a pathway to increasing knowledge among tribal and non-tribal organizations. (Kate Spear; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8645)

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