State Events to Showcase a Decade of Discovery with the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Image courtesy of Tara Skelton, Oil Spill Science Outreach Team Communicator at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Image courtesy of Tara Skelton, Oil Spill Science Outreach Team Communicator at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) and the Sea Grant oil spill outreach team are pleased to announce and extend an invitation to attend Gulf Coast state events that will highlight GoMRI contributions to research, recovery, and resilience from a state-based perspective. Each event features scientists affiliated with their respective state who are involved with GoMRI research as well as members of the GoMRI Research Board and administration.

Established in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, GoMRI has led an independent, 10-year, $500 million research program focused on the Gulf of Mexico, which has traditionally been underfunded, to study the effect of oil spills on the environment and public health. As the GoMRI program nears its conclusion, focus has turned to its legacy and the application of knowledge accrued to the long-term environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico.

Please join us as the Sea Grant oil spill outreach team hosts these state events, which can be viewed on Zoom or via Facebook Live. More details are provided below and also available at https://gulfseagrant.org/celebrating-gomri-around-the-gulf/.

Save the Date! Texas – September 25, Florida – October 16, Alabama – October 23, Mississippi – October 29, Louisiana – November 10.

GoMRI and Texas: Celebration of a 10-year partnership
September 25, 10 am-12:30 pm CDT/11-1:30 EDT
Register here to watch on Zoom or via Facebook Live.
Questions? Please contact Dani Bailey with Texas Sea Grant at danielle.bailey@exchange.tamu.edu or 361.825.6215.

Speakers and panelists
Rita Colwell, Chair of the GoMRI Research Board
Laura Bowie, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Chuck Wilson, GoMRI Chief Scientific Officer
Raymond L. Orbach, GoMRI Research Board member from the state of Texas, The University of Texas at Austin
Larry McKinney, Senior Executive Director of Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Antonietta Quigg, Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University Galveston
James Gibeaut, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (GRIIDC), Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Tony Wood, Director of the National Spill Control School, Corpus Christi
Steve Buschang, Director of Research and Development/ Scientific Support Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
Pamela Plotkin, Executive Director, Texas Sea Grant

Ten years of GoMRI Science: Honoring discoveries, contributions, and legacies in Florida
October 16, 2020, 12–3 pm CDT/1-4 EDT.
Register here to watch on Zoom or via Facebook Live.
Questions? Please contact Monica Wilson with UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant at monicawilson447@ufl.edu or 727.776.0831.

Speakers
Rita Colwell, Chair of the GoMRI Research Board
Laura Bowie, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Chuck Wilson, GoMRI Chief Scientific Officer
William Hogarth, GoMRI Research Board member from the state of Florida, Florida Institute of Oceanography
Richard Dodge, GoMRI Research Board member from the state of Florida, Nova Southeastern University
Steve Murawski, University of South Florida
Tamay Ozgokmen, University of Miami
Tracey Sutton, Nova Southeastern University
Martin Grosell, University of Miami
Timyn Rice, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Ten years of discovery: Celebrating the legacy of GoMRI in Alabama
October 23,2020, Reception 6 pm CDT/7 EDT, Program 6:30-8:30/7:30-9:30
The Lodge at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL.
Register here to attend in person or remotely on Zoom/via Facebook Live.
Questions? Please contact Missy Partyka with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium at m.partyka@auburn.edu or 251.348.5436.

Speakers and panelists
Rita Colwell, GoMRI Research Board Chair
Laura Bowie, Executive Director of GOMA
Chuck Wilson, GoMRI Chief Scientific Officer
Tina Miller-Way, Chair of Discovery Hall Programs, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Patricia Sobecky, University of Alabama
Nikaela Flournoy, GoMRI Scholar, University of Alabama
Ruth Carmichael, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Carl Cloyed, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Carl Edmiston, US Coast Guard (retired)

A salute to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s contribution to the state of science in Mississippi
October 29, 1-3 pm CDT/2-4 EDT.
Register here to watch on Zoom or via Facebook Live.
Questions? Contact Tara Skelton at tara.skelton@usm.edu or 228.327.5284.

Speakers and panelists
Rita Colwell, Chair of the GoMRI Research Board
Laura Bowie, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Chuck Wilson, GoMRI Chief Scientific Officer
David Shaw, GoMRI Research Board member from the state of Mississippi, Mississippi State University
Dennis Weisenburg, GoMRI Research Board member from the state of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi
LaDon Swann, Executive Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Pat Fitzpatrick, Mississippi State University/Texas A & M
Jerry Wiggert, University of Southern Mississippi
Joe Griffitt, University of Southern Mississippi
Jessie Kastler, University of Southern Mississippi
Kemal Combazaglu, University of Southern Mississippi
Stephan O’Brien, Deakin University
Sabrina Parra, Johns Hopkins University
Missy Partyka, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium /Auburn University
Cheryl Lassitter, NOAA
Ryan Bradley, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc.

Commemorating 10 years of GoMRI science in Louisiana
November 10, 2020, 2-4 pm CST/3-5 EST
Register here to watch on Zoom or via Facebook Live.
Questions? Please contact Emily Maung-Douglass with Louisiana Sea Grant at edouglass@lsu.edu or 225.578.9926.

Speakers and panelists
Rita Colwell, Chair of the GoMRI Research Board
Laura Bowie, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Chuck Wilson, GoMRI Chief Scientific Officer
Richard Shaw, GoMRI Research Board member from the state of Louisiana, Louisiana State University
Debi Benoit, GoMRI Research Board member from the state of Louisiana, Nicholls State University
Stephen Sempier, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
Emily Maung-Douglass, Louisiana Sea Grant
Vijay John, Consortium for the Molecular Engineering of Dispersant Systems (C-MEDS), Tulane University
Melissa Finucane, Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC), RAND Corporation
Nancy Rabalais, Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC), Louisiana State University
Natalia Sidorovskaia, Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center-Gulf Ecological Monitoring & Modeling (LADC-GEMM), University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Additionally featuring:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Clean Gulf Associates

By Nilde Maggie Dannreuther. Contact maggied@ngi.msstate.edu with questions or comments.

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GoMRI and the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas) have partnered to create an oil spill science outreach program.

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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