Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Volume 34 | Number 1 | March 2021

Special Issue on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative: Ten Years of Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science

On the Cover: The cover artwork represents the Gulf of Mexico as one of the most prolific and complex bodies of water on the planet. The Gulf is a critical habitat for marine life, while also being one of the most heavily trafficked and utilized bodies of water on the planet. The cover illustrates this delicate balance.  Image created by Jason Mallett, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
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FROM THE GUEST EDITORS • About the Special Issue
By Rita Colwell, John Shepherd, Michael Feldman, Chuck Wilson, Rick Shaw, and Margaret Leinen

From Disaster to Understanding: Formation and Accomplishments of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
By Leigh A. Zimmermann, Michael G. Feldman, Debra S. Benoit, Michael J. Carron, Nilde Maggie Dannreuther, Katie H. Fillingham, James C. Gibeaut, Jennifer L. Petitt, Jarryl B. Ritchie, Rosalie R. Rossi, Stephen H. Sempier, J. Kevin Shaw, Jessie L. Swanseen, Charles A. Wilson, Callan J. Yanoff, and Rita R. Colwell

The Gulf of Mexico: An Overview
By Larry D. McKinney, John G. Shepherd, Charles A. Wilson, William T. Hogarth, Jeff Chanton, Steven A. Murawski, Paul A. Sandifer, Tracey Sutton, David Yoskowitz, Katya Wowk, Tamay M. Özgökmen, Samantha B. Joye, and Rex Caffey

Physical Transport Processes that Affect the Distribution of Oil in the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Modeling
By Michel Boufadel, Annalisa Bracco, Eric P. Chassignet, Shuyi S. Chen, Eric D’Asaro, William K. Dewar, Oscar Garcia-Pineda, Dubravko Justić, Joseph Katz, Vassiliki H. Kourafalou, Ian R. MacDonald, Tamay M. Özgökmen, Claire B. Paris-Limouzy, Scott S. Socolofsky, David Halpern, and John G. Shepherd

A Decade of GoMRI Dispersant Science: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future
By Antonietta Quigg, John W. Farrington, Sherryl Gilbert, Steven A. Murawski, and Vijay T. John

Considerations for Scientists Getting Involved in Oil Spill Research
By Kenneth M. Halanych and David G. Westerholm

GoMRI Insights into Microbial Genomics and Hydrocarbon Bioremediation Response in Marine Ecosystems
By Shannon Weiman, Samantha B. Joye, Joel E. Kostka, Kenneth M. Halanych, and Rita R. Colwell

Impacts of Petroleum, Petroleum Components, and Dispersants on Organisms and Populations
By Steven A. Murawski, Martin Grosell, Cynthia Smith, Tracey Sutton, Kenneth M. Halanych, Richard F. Shaw, and Charles A. Wilson

Effects of Petroleum By-Products and Dispersants on Ecosystems
By Kenneth M. Halanych, Cameron H. Ainsworth, Erik E. Cordes, Richard E. Dodge, Markus Huettel, Irving A. Mendelssohn, Steven A. Murawski, Claire B. Paris-Limouzy, Patrick T. Schwing, Richard F. Shaw, and Tracey Sutton

Prospects for Gulf of Mexico Environmental Recovery and Restoration
By Denis A. Wiesenburg, Bob Shipp, F. Joel Fodrie, Sean Powers, Julien Lartigue, Kelly M. Darnell, Melissa M. Baustian, Cam Ngo, John F. Valentine, and Kateryna Wowk

Human Health and Socioeconomic Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
By Paul A. Sandifer, Alesia Ferguson, Melissa L. Finucane, Melissa Partyka, Helena M. Solo-Gabriele, Ann Hayward Walker, Kateryna Wowk, Rex Caffey, and David Yoskowitz

Technological Developments Since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
By Nilde Maggie Dannreuther, David Halpern, Jürgen Rullkötter, and Dana Yoerger

Preparedness, Planning, and Advances in Operational Response
By David G. Westerholm, Cameron H. Ainsworth, Christopher H. Barker, Peter G. Brewer, John W. Farrington, Dubravko Justić, Vassiliki H. Kourafalou, Steven A. Murawski, John G. Shepherd, and Helena M. Solo-Gabriele

Summary of Findings and Research Recommendations from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
By Charles A. Wilson, Michael G. Feldman, Michael J. Carron, Nilde Maggie Dannreuther, John W. Farrington, Kenneth M. Halanych, Jennifer L. Petitt, Jürgen Rullkötter, Paul A. Sandifer, J. Kevin Shaw, John G. Shepherd, David G. Westerholm, Callan J. Yanoff, and Leigh A. Zimmermann


FROM THE TOS JEDI COMMITTEE • TOS Expands Efforts to Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Ocean Sciences
By Erin Meyer-Gutbrod, Frank Muller-Karger, and the TOS Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

TRIBUTE • Larry Philip Atkinson (1941–2020)
By Gregory Cutter and Louis Codispoti

OCEAN EDUCATION • Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative Trains Students to See Through Turbulent Systems
By Kristina Cammen, Gabriella Marafino, Sarah Burton, Jillian Dow, Emma Dullaert, Madalyn Jorge, Kate Macolini, Louise McGarry, Christopher Tremblay, Jessica Jansujwicz, Tora Johnson, Lauren Ross, and Gayle Zydlewski

Special Issue Guest Editors

Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
John Shepherd, University of Southampton
Michael Feldman, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Chuck Wilson, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
Rick Shaw, Louisiana State University
Margaret Leinen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Production of this issue of Oceanography was supported by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.