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8:30 am – 9:30 am Dockside presentations
9:30 am – noon TED checks in Cameron
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm TED checks in Hackberry
TEDs measured and approved to be sure they are properly installed — NO enforcement actions will be taken during these courtesy checks. Call Kevin Savoie, Louisiana Sea Grant, to arrange a time or schedule in the morning at the dock. At the check, have your nets hanging so that the TEDs are a few feet above the deck. The whole process takes only a few minutes per net.
- Dale Stevens & Cahn Nguyen, NOAA Fisheries – TED regulations
- Jeff Marx, LDWF – review upcoming changes to inside/outside shrimp line
- LFF Seafood Quality Training Lab – cold chain management demonstration
The LSU Center for Coastal Resiliency is thrilled to host Dr. James Morris, Professor of Biological and Marine Sciences at the University of South Carolina.
Thursday, March 30 from 11 AM – Noon in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast, and Environment Building
The salt marsh as a self-regulating system: it’s a symphony.
Professor of Biological and Marine Sciences
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
Long-term research at North Inlet estuary, SC resulted in three surprising observations that explain how salt marshes respond to sea-level rise: annual net primary production (ANPP) responds to anomalies in mean sea level; primary production at North Inlet has been rising; and marsh elevation increased after raising ANPP by fertilizing the marsh. This led to the development of a theory of marsh equilibrium: Feedback among sediments, tides, and vegetation establish the productivity and relative elevation of the marsh in equilibrium with sea-level. There is an optimal rate of sea-level rise and a tipping point. Vertical accretion of the marsh surface is dictated by the concentration of suspended sediment, the duration of the flood, and production of new biovolume arising from the turnover and preservation of roots and rhizomes. The vegetation appears to orchestrate the generation of nutrients by stimulating sulfate reducing bacteria. Biogeochemical cycles in North Inlet, SC marshes show a high degree of order and self-determination. The cycles are synchronous with monthly plant growth rates. Phosphate and ammonium concentrations peak during summer months, greatly exceeding concentrations observed in tidal water, are low in the winter, and are synchronous with sulfide concentration. At North Inlet where we have a long time series there is also evidence of an effect of the 18.6-yr lunar nodal cycle. Higher water levels stimulate productivity and raise sulfide and nutrient concentrations. The marsh ecosystem behaves as a well-ordered cybernetic system that compensates for external forcing, including sea-level rise.
Bio: Dr. Morris is the director of the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Science and a professor at the University of South Carolina. His research spans the basic and applied aspects of the physiological ecology of plants adapted to wetland habitats and the biogeochemistry and systems ecology of wetlands, primarily salt and freshwater intertidal wetlands.
The Seminar begins at 11:00 am in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast, and Environment Building. Please share the attached flyer with your colleagues and students.
Louisiana Sea Grant is excited to sponsor the Coastal Connections competition at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Coastal Connections is modified from the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) approach to research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to non-specialist audience. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research topic and its significance using up to two PowerPoint slides. Coastal Connections focuses on the ability of students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Louisiana Sea Grant is excited to sponsor the Coastal Connections competition at the Nicholls State on Monday, April 3, 2017. Coastal Connections is modified from the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) approach to research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to non-specialist audience. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research topic and its significance using up to two PowerPoint slides. Coastal Connections focuses on the ability of students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Due to downtown construction we have partnered with the BREC Baton Rouge Zoo and moved some components of Louisiana Earth Day to the Baton Rouge Zoo’s Party for the Planet for our 2017 Celebration!
Saturday, APRIL 22, 9:30am-5pm (Grounds close at 6pm)! Regular Zoo admission applies.
You will find Earth for Children, Wetlands Tent, Earth Walk and More!
We will be back in full swing at our regular Baton Rouge Downtown location April 2018!
What better way to celebrate our Earth than honoring the magnificent creatures that inhabit our planet? More than 120 zoos and aquariums across North America are celebrating Earth Day with the 10th annual Party for the Planet. This is the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America!
The Baton Rouge Zoo’s festivities include earth-friendly activities including Safari amphitheatre programs, animal chats and educational family fun. Display boards will teach visitors what plants use in yards to help our planet and local wildlife, what animals are endangered and why, what is recycled at your Zoo and what global organizations your Zoo supports to help animals in their native habitats. Regular Zoo admission applies.
Come and celebrate the completion of another successful year with our students, mentors and supporters! Students will have their posters displayed in the Energy, Coasts and Environment Rotunda and be available to answer questions about their projects. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Refreshments will be served!
Registration is open!
Registration is now open for the 2017 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice.
Click here to register online
Fee – $100
Local government officials get in free – contact Melissa Daigle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Limited number of discounted rooms available
A hotel block has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Covington, 45 Louis Prima Drive, Covington.
A limited number of rooms are available at $99/night.
Click here to reserve your hotel room
You can also reserve by phone. Call 985-888-1200 and ask for the Community of Practice room block or the CPM booking code.
Submit your nominations for the Spirit of Community awards!
Nominations are still being accepted for the individual and community Spirit of Community Awards.
The deadline to submit a nomination is March 10, 2017.
Click here for more information
Retreat #3 – May 17-19, 2017
Local Issue: Building Strong Local Economies
Skill Focus: Outreach & Research Design
2016-2017 LA DIA Fellows will explore the coast, in person and in detail. Skills are taught in the context of different coastal regions and their unique challenges.