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Joint Teacher Workshop on the Gulf of Mexico


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wildlife biologist Clint Jeske displays a live duck
Wildlife biologist Clint Jeske displays a live duck as he discusses the biodiversity of life along the Gulf of Mexico coast.
On July 18, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists from the National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) in Lafayette, LA, teamed up with Fugro Chance, Inc., an international surveying and positioning company in Lafayette, to offer a workshop for local teachers. The theme of the workshop was the Gulf of Mexico, a fitting choice because both the USGS and Fugro Chance have worked and conducted research in and around the Gulf Coast region.

NWRC presenters included USGS employees Clint Jeske and Andrea Anteau and USGS contract employees (through Johnson Controls) Jill Rooth, Gabrielle Bodin, and Susan Horton. Talk topics included interesting sea life, the offshore oil industry, mapping the sea floor, hurricanes, global climate change (including a tour of NWRC's greenhouse study on plants and carbon dioxide), and an update from Kyle Rodriguez of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities on the emerging national campaign to save coastal Louisiana.

More than 90 educators received handouts, posters, CD-ROM's, and information to take back to their students about the Gulf of Mexico, an extraordinary resource right in their own "backyards." The USGS and Fugro Chance are already making plans to offer another workshop next summer. A teacher described the workshop as "totally awesome, the best inservice workshop I attended in 31 years."


Below left: (From left to right) Carla Nelson (Lafayette Parish School System) presents a certificate of appreciation for the Gulf of Mexico teacher workshop to organizer Susan Horton and National Wetlands Research Center Director Bob Stewart.
Above right: Kyle Rodriguez (Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities) asks teachers for suggestions on how to raise national awareness of Louisiana's critical loss of wetlands.

Related Web Sites
National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Lafayette, LA
Fugro Chance, Inc.
international surveying and positioning company
Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities
State of Louisiana

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