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DEI Workshop

GOMURC is embarking on a new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiative to enhance the production of underrepresented minority (URM) PhD’s in the geosciences. While individual member institutions are each working on their own DEI plans, given the magnitude of the challenges in these fields of study, the GOMURC members feel that additional synergies may Read More


DEI Scholarships Inventory

A current and on-going GOMURC initiative is to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) by facilitating education opportunities for underrepresented minorities (URM) student groups. For the purposes of the GOMURC regional inventory of scholarship opportunities, URM focuses on Black, Hispanic and Native American students. Financial aid is available in various forms including scholarships, loans, grants, Read More


Gulf of Mexico needs more protection

Antonio Bussalacchi, President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and Dr. Chris D’Elia, GOMURC Board member and Dean of the LSU College of the Coast and Environment, recently wrote a guest column for the Advocate entitled “After BP Spill, protecting the Gulf region requires even more money.” Given the sunsetting of spill-funded programs like Read More


Funding opportunities calendar for Gulf restoration

The NOAA RESTORE Science Program is hosting a funding opportunities calendar in partnership with other Gulf of Mexico science and restoration initiatives established following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The calendar is intended to enable stakeholders to remain informed about opportunities and assist grant applicants in planning ahead and submitting applications to the appropriate funding Read More


Alabama seeking projects for 2019 GOMESA funding BY 1/31/19!

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), State Lands Division (SLD), Coastal Section is accepting project suggestions to be funded through the Alabama Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) Program. The Act enhances Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing activities and provides for enhanced sharing of leasing revenues with Gulf producing Read More


EPA seeks public response to proposed changes to Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army will be seeking public comments on their proposal to change the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) as applied in the Clean Water Act.  According to the 12/28/19 Federal Register Notice, a related public hearing will be held January 23, 2019 in Kansas City, Read More


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference coming up Feb 4-7

The 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) is coming Feb 4-7, 2019 in New Orleans. The program is now available online. Log in to use online planner  to search sessions, workshops, and other events offered throughout the week, and build a personal schedule by bookmarking presentations of interest. Full list Read More


USM Hurricane Preparedness plan

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has been in the path of several storms in the past decade. Their experience and related Hurricane Preparedness Plan provide useful guidance for coastal facilities across the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to Dr. Read Hendon for this resource. 1. Since GCRL initially developed this document, it Read More


Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council seeking public input

Last Friday, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) released its Draft State Expenditure Plan (SEP) for public review; comments received by November 20, 2018, will be considered. Comments may be submitted online at or mailed to: Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, 118 N. Royal Street, Suite 603, Mobile, AL 36602. The proposed projects Read More


Mississippi Restoration Summit Nov. 13

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Office of Restoration, will host the 2018 Restoration Summit on November 13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, Biloxi, MS. The Summit agenda includes presentations on state restoration projects, plans for future efforts, and an annual meeting for the MS NRDA Trustees Implementation Group. A public Read More