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National Wetlands Research Center Staff Win Awards for Publications

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Several staff members at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) in Lafayette, La., recently won awards for publications. Research oceanographer Elijah Ramsey and USGS contractor and coauthor Amina Rangoonwala (remote-sensing specialist) were notified that they were first-prize recipients of the 2006 Leica Geosystems Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing. Their paper, "Leaf Optical Property Changes Associated with the Occurrence of Spartina alterniflora Dieback in Coastal Louisiana Related to Remote Sensing Mapping," was published in the March 2005 issue of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing ( Ramsey was presented with the award in May at the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 2006 Annual Conference in Reno, Nev.

Elijah Ramsey and Amina Rangoonwala Ann Gaygan
Above left: Coauthors Elijah Ramsey (USGS oceanographer) and Amina Rangoonwala (IAP World Services contractor) were awarded the 2006 Leica Geosystems Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing.

Above Right: Ann Gaygan (IAP World Services contractor), a graphic artist at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, displays the first-place award she received in the Blue Pencil and Gold Screen competition for a pair of USGS Fact Sheets by Gregory J. Smith (NWRC director), Wylie Barrow (USGS wildlife biologist), and Gaygan.

Another group won a first-place award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) in the 2005 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen competition. The winning entry in the Shoestring Budget category was a set of two USGS Fact Sheets: "Using Radar to Understand Migratory Birds and Their Habitats: Critical Needs for the Gulf of Mexico" and "Migratory Bird Pathways and the Gulf of Mexico," both by Gregory J. Smith, NWRC director; Wylie Barrow, USGS wildlife biologist; and Ann Gaygan, designer (IAP World Services). In all, the USGS received nine awards in the NAGC competition. (A complete list of winners in the 2005 competition is posted at URL

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