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USGS National Wetlands Research Center Staff Receive Awards

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Employees of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center
Above: Employees of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center recently recognized for their awards from the USGS and from outside groups are (left to right) Scott Wilson, Karen McKee, Larry Handley, Leslie Holland, Gaye Farris, Christina Boudreaux, Craig Conzelmann, and Wylie Barrow. [larger version]

Stanley Ponce
Above: Stanley Ponce, USGS South Central Area Executive, addresses an all-hands meeting at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center. [larger version]

Ecologist Larry Allain receives the Leading from Any Chair Award from Dave Applegate
Above: Ecologist Larry Allain (left) receives the Leading from Any Chair Award from Dave Applegate, acting USGS Central Regional Director, for his leadership in the Louisiana Native Plant Initiative, a multi-State and Federal partnership for coastal wetland and prairie restoration. The award features a cypress "knee," a distinctive root structure commonly seen in swamps (see a photograph of an unusually tall tupelo knee). [larger version]

USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Gregory Smith shakes hands with Larry Handley
Above: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Gregory Smith (right) shakes hands with Larry Handley, in recognition for his 30 years of service to the Department of the Interior. [larger version]

Cover of award-winning publication coauthored by Wylie Barrow
Above: Cover of award-winning publication coauthored by Wylie Barrow. Illustration by Diane K. Baker. (Download a 2.0-MB PDF file of the publication.) [larger version]

In August, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, recognized several staff members for awards they have received from both the USGS and outside organizations during Federal Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08, October 2007 through September 2008). Presenting the awards were Gregory Smith, center director; Dave Applegate, acting USGS Central Regional Director, from Denver, Colorado; and Stanley Ponce, USGS South Central Area Executive, from Columbia, Missouri.

Scientific Awards

Former staff member Virginia Burkett was recognized for her contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose members shared in the Nobel Peace Prize. She also received the Southeastern Regional Director's Conservation Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for her work on climate change and for helping natural-resource managers understand and anticipate potential impacts in the Southeastern United States.

Karen McKee was selected as a 2008 Society of Wetland Scientists Honor Fellow for her 30-year contributions to wetland science. This is the highest recognition of membership bestowed by the society; only a third of 1 percent of members receive this recognition.

Wylie Barrow was coauthor of the publication "Vanishing Before Our Eyes: Louisiana Cheniere Woods and the Birds that Depend on Them," which received an award of excellence from the Houston chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and an international award of distinction from the Society.

Craig Conzelmann received a Wings Across the Americas Award from the U.S. Forest Service for his creation of a computer application for the lower Mississippi Valley and Central Hardwoods Joint Ventures. The program allows scientists who develop computer models of habitat for 40 priority bird species to run model replicates in 2 days rather than 60.

Scott Wilson was recognized by the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, for his work as project leader of Team Cajunbot in the 2004, 2005, and 2007 Grand Challenges of robotic cars, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Carroll Cordes, recently retired USGS branch chief, received the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture's Conservation Service Award for his contributions and service as a member of the Joint Venture's Management Board.

Larry Allain received the center's Leading from Any Chair Award for his leadership in the Louisiana Native Plant Initiative, a multi-State and Federal agency partnership to expand the quality and diversity of native seed stock for coastal wetland and prairie restoration. Allain also donates a great deal of time teaching about wetlands to Boy Scouts in the Eagle Scout Program and to graduate students in education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Other Awards

Leslie Holland received the 2007 Reserve Affairs Family Readiness Award from the Department of Defense for Military Support for her volunteer work as a family-support coordinator for the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve's Port Security Unit 308. Only one such award per year is given to each of the service branches.

Gaye Farris was honored for winning a USGS Shoemaker award, presented in September in Denver, for her speech, "Communicating During a Disaster: The Professional and Personal." The speech also received a first-place award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC), which has named its annual communications scholarship for Farris, a former NAGC president. Farris was named a Gulf Guardian by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program for service in communicating about the Gulf of Mexico.

Christina Boudreaux received a first-place award from the National Association of Government Communicators for her design of conference materials for the USGS International Delta Roundtable meeting held in November 2007 in Lafayette, Louisiana. She also received the center's Exemplary Service Award for her outstanding work as a graphics artist.

Geographer Larry Handley was recognized for his 30 years of Federal Government service.

Former USGS contractor Susan Horton has been named a 2008 Woman of Excellence for Public Service by the Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women, for her tireless service and zeal for wetland education. Horton was an education and outreach coordinator at the center for 12 years before she left in July to study theology at a seminary in Austin, Texas.

Congratulations to all the award winners!


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