Tuesday 28 March 2017

The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 19 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

Ecosystem Impacts and Recovery from Petroleum Exploration and Extraction Workshop Featured

  • Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:31


Universidad Nacional Autónoma México

Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología

4 de mayo de 2016


Workshop: Ecosystem Impacts and Recovery from Petroleum Exploration and Extraction


This one-day workshop reviewed ongoing research efforts in the Gulf of Mexico related to ecosystem impacts and recovery from petroleum exploration and extraction.  The main focus was to summarize the current research foci on impacts and ecosystem recovery from two large accidental oil releases (Deepwater Horizon in 2010 and IXTOC-I in 1979-1980), and the acquisition of environmental baselines prior to additional exploration and production in the Gulf.  C-IMAGE would like to extend our warmest gratitude for Dr. Adolfo Gracia, Dr. Elva Escobar, and Dr. Manuel Grajales for their invitation, time, and efforts for this extremely informative and engaging workshop. We did not let a minor language barrier become an impediment in a spirited exchange of relevant science topics related to the petroleum exploration and extraction.

Here, we provide all of the documents, presentations, and posters that C-IMAGE presented.  We welcome all participants to review them.

1. Introduction to GoMRI: Kevin Shaw

2. Introduction to C-IMAGE: Dr. Steven Murawski

3. Sedimentary Hydrocarbon Deposition: Dr. David Hollander

4. Ecosystem and Fisheries Impacts: Dr. Steven Murawski

Poster Session Contributions:

C-IMAGE: The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems
El Centro para el modelado y análisis integrados de los ecosistemas del Golfo
Authors: Ben Prueitt, Sherryl Gilbert, Steven Murawski, David Hollander

Persistent Impacts to the Deep Soft-Bottom Benthos four years after the Deepwater Horizon Event
Impactos permanentes con los correspondientes profundo de fondos blandos Bentos cuatro años después de la Event Horizon en aguas profundas
Authors: Paul Montagna

Development of an Atlantis ecosystem model to study the impact of Ixtoc oil spill 
Desarrollo de un modelo ecológico Atlantis para estudiar el impacto del derrame Ixtoc
Authors: Joel G. Ortega-Ortiz, Cameron Ainsworth

Oil exposure and accumulation in Gulf of Mexico Red snapper and Golden tilefish
Exposicion al petroleo y la accumulacion en huachinango y blanquillo de Golfo de Mexico
Authors: Susan Snyder

Comparison of the 2015 Abkatun (Mexico) and 2013 Hercules-265 (USA)
Blowout Events in the Southern and Northern Gulf Using Benthic
Foraminiferal Species Richness as an Environmental Proxy for Contamination
Authors: Bryan J. O’Malley, Patrick T. Schwing, David J. Hollander

Comparative records of planktonic foraminiferal mass accumulation rates following the 2010 DWH and 1979 Ixtoc blowout events: A microfossil indicator of marine oil snow sedimentation
Authors: Erika E. Fridrik, Patrick T. Schwing, Haley Ramirez, Bryan J. O’Malley, Rebekka A. Larson, Gregg R. Brooks, David J. Hollander


ICML UNAM: Dr. Elva Escobar-Briones, Dr. Adolfo Gracia

USF: Dr. Steven Murawski, Dr. David Hollander

SUIH UNAM: Dr. Manuel Grajales

ATTENDEES (Download attendee list here

Invited C-IMAGE participants, other guests from UNAM Institutes and Seminario Universitario en Investigación de Hidrocarburos (SUIH) UNAM.


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Unidad de Seminarios Dr. Ignacio Chávez


8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15  Welcome, Introductory Remarks, Goals of Meeting

9:15-9:35  Overview of GoMRI, Kevin Shaw, Program Coordinator

9:30-10:45 C-IMAGE Research: Northern and Southern GoM

     Presentations from the USF Leaders (40 minutes)

     Presentation from the Mexican Leaders (40 minutes)

10:45-11:15 Question and Answer session

11:15-12:00 Presentation from SUIH goals, mission and capabilities

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Poster presentations (informal, coincident with lunch)

1:30-2:30 Environmental impacts of deep-water oil industry and spatial management issues, Presentations from USF results in progress

2:30-4:00 Merging issues and partnership to fill in data requirements in the GoM


4:00-5:00 Industry Considerations and Potential Event Scenarios Discussion

5:00-5:15 Coffee break

5:15-5:55 Conclusions, future actions and responsibilities, Group photo

6:00 Adjourn