[Coral-List] Gulf of Mexico - Workshop on International Research

Tunnell, Wes Wes.Tunnell at tamucc.edu
Fri Dec 2 18:03:22 EST 2016

Dear Coral Listers,

If you conduct research in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly the southern Gulf, please consider applying for an invitation to this upcoming important workshop (see below for details and link).

Regards and thanks, Wes

John W. (Wes) Tunnell, Jr., Ph.D.
Endowed Chair of Biodiversity and Conservation Science
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and
Regents Professor, Fulbright Scholar, and Professor Emeritus of Biology
Department of Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean HRI 318C, MS 5869
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
Phone: 361-825-2055
Fax: 361-825-2050
wes.tunnell at tamucc.edu<mailto:wes.tunnell at tamucc.edu>
HRI: http://www.harteresearchinstitute.org<http://www.harteresearchinstitute.org/>
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Gulf of Mexico - Workshop on International Research

The Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research (GOM-WIR) is the first workshop to bring together expertise from broad disciplines to develop an international research agenda for the Gulf of Mexico. The workshop is sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI), the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program (NASGRP) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The objective of GOM-WIR is to identify, prioritize and facilitate potential international environmental research between Mexico, Cuba and the USA in the Gulf of Mexico. The facilitated workshop is by invitation only and will bring together up to 150 researchers from the USA, Mexico, and Cuba from academia, resource agencies and the private sector to participate. Go to http://www.gulfinventory.org/ for more information and to request an invitation.

The workshop will be organized around three thematic areas:
Baseline Studies that generate data that describe existing conditions and define a starting point to monitor marine environmental resources and human dimensions potentially impacted by offshore energy development.
Fates and Effects Studies that evaluate the physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect or are affected by the impacts of oil and gas drilling and production discharges, spilled oil, and oil dispersants on marine biological and human communities.
Environmental Monitoring Studies that generate time series and data trend information to assess effects of industry activities, and to determine effectiveness of mitigation measures contained within stipulations and conditions of permit approval for activities for offshore energy leases.

Participation in the GOM-WIR workshop will be by invitation only with a target of 20-50 experts in each thematic area. Invited participants will have one or more of the following attributes:

*         International research experience in Mexico, Cuba and/or the Gulf of Mexico

*         Experience or expertise in deepwater systems of the Gulf of Mexico

*         Experience or expertise in nearshore systems of the Gulf of Mexico, particularly the southern Gulf

*         Experience or expertise in socio-economic aspects related to the Gulf of Mexico, particularly the southern Gulf

*         Particular knowledge or experience in one or more of the thematic areas

The GOM-WIR workshop will be held in conjunction with the HRI State of the Gulf Summit to be held on March 27-28, 2017 at the Riverside Omni in Houston Texas: http://www.sgmsummit.org/. Workshop participants are invited to also attend the Summit. The workshop will immediately follow on March 29 to 30 at the same location.
If you would like to participate in the workshop you must go to the website: http://www.gulfinventory.org/ and fill out the Request for an Invitation. For more information contact Dr. Mark Besonen at Mark.Besonen at tamucc.edu<mailto:Mark.Besonen at tamucc.edu> or by phone at 361 825-2043.

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