Synthesis and Legacy Workshops and Events

As the GOMRI Synthesis and Legacy efforts begin to expand in each of the core areas and through consortia driven efforts, corresponding workshops are now being set in motion. The combination of core area workshops, consortia and individual project contributing workshops, and cross-consortia synthesis efforts will determine how to best capture the program’s scientific discoveries and results. Please check back regularly as more workshops will be added once dates and details are confirmed. These synthesis workshops are underway and will continue throughout 2019. 

Upcoming Workshops

  • January 15-17, 2019, Core Area 1: Plume & Circulation Observations & Modeling

    (Tallahassee, FL) This 3-day, cross-GoMRI workshop will include four breakout sessions, focused on the following subtopics: 1) large-scale observations and modeling; 2) small-scale / near-surface / sub-mesoscale observations and modeling; 3) coastal, riverine, and near-shore processes and modeling; and 4) buoyant / rising plume modeling.

  • February 4-5, 2019, Core Area 4: Allostatic Load

    (New Orleans, LA) This workshop is a first followup to the GOMRI-sponsored Human Health Observing System workshop held in Washington, DC on November 14 – 16, 2018. Critical concerns in the design of any surveillance system are the issues of what to measure, with what frequency, with what instrumentation, and with what underlying rationale? Among the ideas and concepts discussed in the prior workshop was the notion of allostatic load (AL). A definition of allostatic load — one among several similar definitions put forth since its introduction in 1993 — is as follows: ‘Allostatic Load is the price the body pays for being forced to adapt to adverse psychosocial or physical situations. It represents either the presence of too much stress or the inefficient operation of the stress hormone response system, which must be turned on and then turned off again after the stressful situation is over.’ Workshop discussions will address practical measurement of exposure and its relationship to AL, beginning with conceptual issues and shifting to strategies for operationalizing AL. 

  • April 9-10, 2019, Core Area 6: Defining the Gulf of Mexico Microbiome

    (Washington, DC) In partnership with the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU), this effort will be centered around a colloquium on the frontiers of marine microbiology and metagenomics applied to oil spills, to provide a quantitative understanding of the ecological response of biological communities to oiling as well as the role of biodegradation in the fate of petroleum hydrocarbons released from oil discharge. Discussion will also include how novel findings can be used to improve planning, preparedness, response and recovery in future oil spills.  

  • June 12-14, 2019, Core Area 2: Fate of Oil & Weathering: Biological & Physical-chemical Degradation

    (Washington, DC) This multi-day workshop will look to synthesize findings and identify a unifying message across many Core 2 subtopics, specifically: Analytical Chemistry; Use of genomics and proteomics; Use of molecular biology tools to ascertain and measure response of marine organisms other than microbes; Physical fate and natural processes; Standardization of WAFs and CEWAFs methods; Photochemical reactions at sea and on shoreline; Microbial degradation in all sectors of the ecosystem; and MOSSFA.

  • Late Summer 2019 (Dates TBD), Core Area 5: Living on the Edge: Enhancing the Sustainability of Coupled Human-Environment Systems in the Gulf of Mexico Region

    (Location TBD) The organizers of this workshop seek to define actionable areas of future research in Core Area 5 (Ecosystem Services, Human Health, and Socioeconomics) by: 1) fostering a collective understanding of the coupled human-environment systems that make up the terrestrial and aquatic edge of the Gulf of Mexico and 2) addressing the challenge of translating and operationalizing results of the first goal into actionable knowledge translation that informs researchers, policy makers, local leaders, and residents of the Gulf Coast about solutions, as well as communication strategies, that can positively affect human-environment interactions upon which all depend.

The synthesis workshops are designed to be working sessions with specific outputs. Therefore, participants have been identified based on their expertise and intended contribution. Attendance to a workshop is by invitation only, but if you are interested in attending and feel that you would make significant contributions to the specific topic, please contact Michael Feldman at and Chuck Wilson at

GOMOSES Sessions: Several sessions are planned for the 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans, LA from February 4-7, 2019.  Click here for more information on these sessions.  

Completed Workshops and Events

      • May 14-15, 2018, DEEPEND Synthesis Workshop I

        (Dania Beach, FL) The first synthesis workshop led by the DEEPEND Consortium was well-attended with 50 consortia members, students and affiliated scientists. The workshop included science synopses around the following topics: patterns and processes; temporal trends in abundance; linking the trophic levels; and quantitative faunal inventories and their importance. Click here to view the workshop agenda and list of attendees.  

      • October 23-25, 2018, Toxicology of Oil in Vertebrates: From Fish to Humans

        (Boulder, CO) Led by the CARMMHA consortium, the objective of this workshop will be to synthesize and describe what is known about these oil-related effects, in which species of each of the effects was observed, and current understanding of mechanistic pathways busied on DWH NRDA, GOMRI, and other research to date. The synthesized report will inform future oil spill response and assessment efforts. Click here to view the workshop agenda and list of attendees.  

      • October 31- November 2, 2018, Core Area 3: Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Research

        (Washington, DC) Through this cross-consortia workshop with LADC-GEMM and CARMMHA, the goals for this workshop will be to 1) summarize and develop a plan to synthesize what we have learned about Gulf of Mexico marine mammals with a focus on how this knowledge can be applied for future species management and spill responses, 2) examine remaining data and information gaps, and 3) provide recommendations on future directions and priorities within marine mammal and habitat research. Click here to view the workshop agenda and list of attendees. 

      • November 14-16, 2018, Core Area 4: Development of an Operational Community Health Observing System for the Gulf of Mexico States

        (Washington, DC) This workshop will be centered around developing the framework of an operational community health observing system to serve the Gulf of Mexico states. This system will aim to 1) guide health first-responders and public health actions following future disasters, both short- and long-term, 2) use relatively quiescent periods between disasters for monitoring, recovery support and follow-up, and adaptive improvement of the observing system, 3) continuously collect data that informs future planning and action. Click here to view the workshop agenda and list of attendees. 

      • November 27-28, 2018, Core Area 2: Marine Oil Snow Sedimentation and Flocculent Accumulation (MOSSFA)

        (Galveston, TX) The purpose of this cross-GoMRI workshop is to continue Marine Oil Snow Sedimentation and Flocculent Accumulation (MOSSFA) working group’s original mission to integrate and coordinate research efforts associated with oiled marine snow formation, dynamics, and impact for informing response, impacts, and larger ecosystem health. Click here to view the workshop agenda and list of attendees.

      • December 4-5, 2018, Core Area 2: Photo-chemical Fate of Oil and Oil-Dispersant Mixtures

        (Washington, DC) The purpose of this cross-GoMRI workshop is to synthesize knowledge of photo-chemical reactions at sea, such as oil slicks and dissolved and accommodated oil fractions, and on the shoreline, including beaches, marshes, and rocks.  The workshop will also investigate additional chemical reactions with reactive species in seawater. Click here to view the workshop agenda and list of attendees.