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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 8, 2014

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CWPPRA Public Outreach Committee Meets: On May 7, 2014, USGS NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson, Ecologist Kate Spear, and contractors Susan Testroet-Bergeron and Cole Ruckstuhl attended the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Public Outreach Committee Meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The CWPPRA is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects that address immediate restoration needs while establishing a foundation of strong science, public participation, and agency cooperation. The Public Outreach Committee is comprised of members from the participating Federal agencies, the State of Louisiana, other coastal programs, and non-profit organizations. The committee performs the functions of communications and public relations for the program on behalf of the CWPPRA Task Force. Wilson serves as the Public Outreach Committee Chairman. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Management Conference Meeting:  USGS NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson attended the quarterly Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) Management meeting on May 8, 2014.  The BTNEP is a partnership of government, businesses, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests, and individuals working for the preservation, protection, and restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary in southeast Louisiana. The major topics of the meeting included discussions on a long distance sediment pipeline delivery system to help restore parts of the estuary and the 2015 BTNEP work plan. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)  

Wetlands and Climate Change: USGS NWRC Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will give a Science Pub presentation at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Hillsboro, Oregon, on May 19, 2014. The title of the presentation will be “Wetlands and Conservation.” Wetlands provide a one-stop shopping center of food, water, and building supplies in many parts of the world, but climate change may change their value for humans in the future. The effects of drought and other stresses are already apparent in certain North American wetlands at the extremes of their distributional ranges, such as swamps in east Texas, where water abstraction and land use change have magnified the effects of droughts. Looming climate change threatens our future ability to maintain natural as well as human-constructed environments, particularly with the newest IPCC projections of increased temperature, drought and storm frequency. Middleton will describe the threats of climate change on the biodiversity and conservation of wetlands in her presentation. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting: USGS NWRC scientists will participate in the inaugural Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon, May 18 – 23, 2014. Jacoby Carter will give an oral presentation concerning the use of body length and weight ratios to examine breeding dynamics of nutria as well as present a poster on nutria telemetry. Rebecca Howard will present the results of her research. And, Beth Middleton will present a paper on the “Resilience of future wetlands to climate change” and a poster on “Molecular and cytological identification of cattail taxa in national parks.” “Bridging Genes to Ecosystems: Aquatic Science at a Time of Rapid Change” is the theme for this historic joint meeting of four of the leading aquatic scientific societies: Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Phycological Society of America (PSA), and Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS). (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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