The GoMRI emphasizes interdisciplinary science and technology involving experts in physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography; marine biology; coastal and reef ecosystems, fisheries and wildlife ecology; public health; and associated development of physical, chemical, and biological instrumentation, advanced modelling, and informatics.  All activities combine state of the art research with deep scientific knowledge of the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico to create fundamental advances in understanding the interactions that occurred and continue to occur among the marine and coastal ecosystems, oil, and oil dispersants produced by the catastrophic loss of the DWH oil drilling platform. The success of the GoMRI depends on a combination of regional knowledge with regional, national, and international research innovation.

In order to achieve the GoMRI mission, two rounds of 3-year funding have been awarded to Research Consortia.  In addition to the nineteen currently funded individual investigator awards, these consortia play a critical role in addressing the GoMRI Research Themes, building scientific capacity, and coordinating across disciplines.  Consortia are comprised of 4 or more research institutions from the Gulf region, the U.S., and the international science community.  To learn more, click here.

GoMRI Consortia:

Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers (ADDOMEx) & ADDOMEx II
Alabama Center for Ecological Reslience (ACER)
Consortium for Advanced Research on Marine Mammal Health Assessment (CARMMHA)
Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) & CARTHE II & CARTHE III
Center for Integrated Modelling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) & C-IMAGE II & C-IMAGE III
Consortium for the Molecular Engineering of Dispersant Systems (C-MEDS)
Consortium for Oil Spill Exposure Pathways in Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE)
Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC)
Consortium for Simulation of Oil-Microbial Interactions in the Ocean (CSOMIO)
Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) & CWC II & CWC III
Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (DEEP-C)
Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND)
Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) & DROPPS II & DROPPS III
Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) & ECOGIG II
Gulf of Mexico Integrated Spill Response Consortium (GISR)
Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center – Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM)
Relationship of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in Fish for Validation of Ecological Risk (RECOVER) & RECOVER II