Consortium for Ocean Leadership President & CEO Sherri Goodman presented Lindsey Dornberger and Kristina Deak of the University of South Florida with the James D. Watkins Award for Excellence in Research for outstanding presentation at the 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference.
The James D. Watkins Student Award for Excellence in Research strives to recognize outstanding research in order to cultivate the next generation of ocean scientists and encourage excitement for presenting their work. Lindsey’s talk, entitled Ecosystem modeling: an approach to estimate effects of PAH on fishes, and Kristina’s presentation, entitled Cytokine expression patterns in red snapper and golden tilefish collected from the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2013-2014, both embodied the Watkins Award evaluation criteria (scientific merit, research capability, design & style, and knowledge of presenter).
Lindsey and Kristina have been recognized as GoMRI Scholars for their contributions to improve understanding about the damage, response, and recovery following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They have both been conducting research with the C-IMAGE consortium for several years and will continue their work with the recently-funded C-IMAGE II consortium. Lindsey also conducted research with the Deep-C consortium.
Congratulations Lindsey and Kristina.
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit https://gulfresearchinitiative.org/.
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