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. These synthesis workshops are underway and will continue throughout 2019. The planned workshops thus far include:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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) More details to announced soon.

  • 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.  

The workshops listed above 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