The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has made available twenty-two video presentations from the 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. You can watch the conference presentations about research that helps answer “what have we learned, what does it mean, and how can it be used?” at GoMRI’s website.

Thib2ap3_thumbnail_Ed_play.jpgs year’s event was especially significant as the Principal Investigators of eight GoMRI consortia, including UTMSI’s Dr. Ed Buskey, presented highlights during the opening plenary from their groups’ three-year research efforts. During a conference poster session, directors of twelve recently-funded GoMRI consortia presented their groups’ planned research activities for the next three years.

Dr. Ed Buskey is the lead researcher for a consortium formed to study the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS - The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently renewed support of this consortium to the tune of $9.2 million.

You can also view a video of UTMSI’s collaborator Dr. Joesph Katz from Johns Hopkins University talking about the research projects that the DROPPS II team is currently working on. 

Click here for the latest information about the upcoming 2016 conference.

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