Mississippi GoMRI Showcase

A salute to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s contribution to the state of science in Mississippi

November 5, 2020

Presentation videos

LaDon Swann, Event overview and welcome; RMDL Tim Gallaudet, The value of partnership

Rita Colwell, The founding of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Laura Bowie, The GOMA/GoMRI partnership

David Shaw and Denis Wiesenburg, GoMRI in Mississippi, Research Board members’ perspective

Michael Carron, GoMRI science

Carron, Wiesenburg, Bowie, and Colwell, GoMRI’s legacy


Tara Skelton
, Oil Spill Science Outreach Program

Arne Diercks, Pat Fitzpatrick, Joe Griffitt, and Jerry Wiggert, GoMRI and the value of interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration

Kemal Cambazoglu, Stephan O’Brien, and Sabrina Parra, GoMRI as a career builder

Ryan Bradley, Cheryl Lassitter, and Jessie Kastler, Targeting stakeholders who need to know

Second half speaker QA panel, GoMRI’s legacy

Speakers and panelists

To view an agenda, click here. To learn more about the speakers, click here.

  • RDML Tim Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator
  • Rita Colwell, Chair of the GoMRI Research Board
  • Laura Bowie, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Alliance
  • Michael Carron, GoMRI Program Director
  • David Shaw, GoMRI Research Board, Provost and Executive Vice President, Mississippi State University
  • Denis Wiesenburg, GoMRI Research Board, Professor of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi
  • LaDon Swann, Executive Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
  • Joe Griffitt, Director, School of Ocean Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Jessie Kastler, Marine Education Center Interim Director & Coordinator of Program Development, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Jerry Wiggert, Associate Director, School of Ocean Science & Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Pat Fitzpatrick, Atmospheric Science Program Coordinator, Texas A & M University Corpus Christi/formerly of Mississippi State University
  • Arne Diercks, Associate Research Professor of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Kemal Cambazoglu, Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Stephan O’Brien, Deakin/iXblue Industry Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia
  • Sabrina Parra, Physical Oceanographer, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University
  • Stephen Sempier, Oil Spill Science Team Manager, Deputy & Outreach Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
  • Missy Partyka, Oil Spill Science Outreach Specialist, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
  • Cheryl Lassitter, Lead Chemist, National Seafood Inspection Laboratory, NOAA
  • Ryan Bradley, Director, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc.

Questions? Contact Tara Skelton at tara.skelton@usm.edu or 228.818.8825.

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