CWC getting ready for GO-MRI site visit/Gulf of Mexico Conference!

We hope the holiday season filled everyone’s home with warmth and love!

CWC scientists, educators and staff spent their holiday season celebrating with family as well as preparing for the GO-MRI site visit that will take place this Wednesday! The GO-MRI site visit will take place in LSU and it is a great opportunity for CWC to highlight its current research, education/outreach and publications. The education and outreach team is excited to present its work and events during the site visit. We will highlight our family events as well as the Gulf Lagniappe Public Education workshops and other educational events that have taken place these past years.

After the site visit, we are gearing up for the 2014 conference. Our scientists will be heading to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in Mobile, Alabama. Our researchers/scientists will be presenting their work and current findings to the 700 scientists and university students who will be attending. To learn more about the conference please visit: http://gulfofmexicoconference.org/

We hope to see everyone this upcoming January 18. 2014 for our family event!

Dr. Wall getting ready for his presentation in Mobile, Alabama!

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Public Education Workshop #2-Dr. John Marton

This past Saturday the Coastal Waters Consortium and LUMCON hosted their second public education workshop. Our featured scientist was the distinguished Dr. John Marton. His talk focused on coastal wetlands formation, function and susceptibility. His talk allowed the attendees to further understand the classification of wetlands as one of them noted, “Dr. Marton’s lecture broadened my knowledge on Louisiana’s wetlands.” Dr. Marton’s main work is in biogeochemistry and he serves as the post-doctoral research fellow in the Roberts Lab located at LUMCON’s De Felice Marine Center. His eagerness to teach others about his work led participants to his lab where he prepared some samples for testing. “It was a great opportunity to come inside his lab and see him run some tests” said one of our participants. Dr. Marton is eager to give another public education talk this coming year!

Aside from learning from a great scientist, attendees also had the great opportunity to tour the R/V Pelican, our UNOLS vessel for the Gulf of Mexico. It was a great experience for participants as our R/V Pelican is offshore conducting research most of the time. Captain Max Wike led the tour that included the resources inside the vessel as well as the second floor that allows scientists to be overboard and enjoy the scenery. The R/V Pelican was not the only research vessel participants were able to enjoy as the heavy winds did not allow us to paddle we took them overboard on the R/V Acadiana, other research vessel. This trip allowed us to see some of the sites Dr. Marton discussed in his talk and observe some of the plants and trees are found in throughout our marshes.

As we continue to host these public education workshops we hope to be able to expand our outreach efforts. We had an outstanding 23 participants this past weekend and hope to continue to expand as we outreach to other communities among the region.

We want to thank Dr. Marton for giving an amazing talk as well as the Environmental Writer for the Houma Courier, Xerxes Wilson for adverting our event. Also our participants who attended as well as our CWC Marine Educators, Murt Conover and Jessica Hernandez.