GoMRI synthesis & legacy

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) launched a $500 million mission to study the effect of oil spills on the environment and public health. The Sea Grant Science Outreach Program honors the GoMRI legacy with a series of publications and presentations showcasing the organization’s contributions to oil spill science research.


The GoMRI Research Board established a Synthesis & Legacy committee to review ten years of findings in nine core areas of research. Sea Grant has prepared the following synthesis outreach publications:

Sea Grant publications coming soon on the following synthesis topics:

  • Fate of oil & weathering: Biological & physical-chemical degradation
  • Ecological/ecosystem impacts
  • Integrated/linked modeling system
  • Dispersants


The Sea Grant oil spill science outreach program hosted GoMRI legacy events around the Gulf. Click each state name  to watch videos of the events.

Texas – September 25, 2020
Florida – October 16, 2020
Alabama – October 23, 2020
Mississippi – November 5, 2020
Louisiana – November 10, 2020

Featured image: Corinne Meinert displays a snake mackerel (Gempylus serpens) on her fingertip to demonstrate ichthyoplankton’s tiny sizes. As part of their GoMRI-funded research, she and her research group have collected and identified over 18,000 individual larval fish across 99 different families. (GoMRI/DEEPEND)