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 will prepare outreach publications summarizing findings in the following core areas:

  • Plume & circulation observations & modeling
  • Fate of oil & weathering: Biological & physical-chemical degradation
  • Ecological/ecosystem impacts
  • Human health and socioeconomic impacts
  • Microbiology, metagenomics & bioinformatics
  • Integrated/linked modeling system
  • Preparedness, planning, and advances in operational response

Sea Grant publications coming soon!


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)