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

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 17 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

2016 Events

2016 Events (13)


C-IMAGE is co-hosted a session with Exxon/Mobil at the Clean Gulf Conference this November in Tampa. This API-sponsored session gave workshop attendees a full review of what happens in the response community during an oil spill.  The academic research community can play a role in the response effort, however it's important to understand how the response operates, how priorities can shift during the response timeline and how researchers might be able to support the response effort. 

The organizing committee would like to everyone that made time to attend.  We had about 120 researchers, responders, contractors, state and government agents, and industry representatives at the session.  This diverse group provided input for a spirited discussion for the last hour.

 Our objectives were to:

•    Promote understanding of oil spill response activities

•    Discuss the current role of science data in response

•    Foster relationships between the research and response community

•    Discuss the appropriate role of academic research in a response

•    Understand role of ‘operational research’ in response


The Details:

    Where: The Clean Gulf Conference

    Tampa, Florida

    Tampa Convention Center

    Title: Workshop: Oil Spill Response 101 and Exploring the Role of Environmental Research during Response

Tuesday, November 1


For a more detailed description, please visit: 



Workshop materials are now available via active links


Introduction (15 min)

  • Safety minute
  • Presenter/participant introductions
  • Objectives of workshop
  • Introduce questions to be considered during closing discussion (sticky dots)

Introduce background and goals of GoMRI (1 hour)

Introduction to Oil Spill Response (1.5 hour) 

Exploring the role of research in a response (1 hour)

  • Report out on what has already been done in this area, Charlie Henry, NOAA
  • Science Action Network
  • Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative
  • A moderated discussion on: 
  • Understanding ‘operational research’
  • Where the current research fits in the response world (i.e., can the research be applied to a response?)
  • Is there additional research to be considered to support response objectives?
  • What is the role for the academic researcher in response?
  • Can researchers have roles as advisors?


The Steering Committee has complied a list of useful links that can be used to supplement the material presented in this workshop.  The list highlights partnerships from federal, state, and private entities.  While not exhaustive, the list is a meaningful starting point.

NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

EPA Oil Spills Prevention and Preparedness Regulations

US National Response Team

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

TGLO Oil Spill

API Oil Spill Prevention + Response

IPIECA and IOGP Oil Spill Resources

IOGP Arctic Response Technology Oil Spill Preparedness


EMSA Oil Spill Response

IPIECA Oil Spill Preparedness

USCG Area Contingency Plans

BSEE Oil Spill Response Research

BOEM Oil Spill Research Efforts

 The Steering Committee would also like to acknowledge previous workshops and reports that are aligned with the mission of this one:

1. JITF Oil Spill Preparedness and Response report (Nov 2011)

2. Coordinating R&D on Oil Spill Response in the Wake of Deepwater Horizon March 22-24, 2011, Baton Rouge, LA

3. Discussion on Research Priorities in Relation to Federal Oil Spill Response and Restoration, June 27-28, 2013, St. Petersburg, FL

4. Bridging the Gap Between Oil Spill Researchers and Responders Workshop April 14, 2015, Port Aransas, TX


When: 7-9 December, 2016

Where: St. Pete Beach, Florida


Please join us for our Annual All Hands Meeting this December in sunny St. Pete Beach Florida!  


Registration is now open.  Please follow the link below and provide the requested contact information.



Wednesday December 7, 2016 Check in by 4:30 pm, Evening Dinner in Sarasota at Mote Aquaculture Park (transportation will provided from the Tradewinds Island Grand)
Thursday December 8, 2016 Science Program, Evening Poster Reception (details to follow)
Friday December 9, 2016 Science Program, Wrap up by 4pm


An updated agenda can be downloaded HERE.

Travel Details

Transportation from Tampa International Airport (TPA):

Rental Car: Follow exits for I-275 South towards St. Petersburg from TPA, full directions here.
Uber or Taxi: Uber rides are available from an estimated $27, taxi service for an estimated $80.
SuperShuttle: Shared shuttle services are available from TPA from $23.


The entire meeting will be held at the Tradewinds Island Resort at the Island Grand property located on the beautiful sandy Gulf of Mexico.  Rooms are available for our attendees at $106/night.  This rate will be made available to our guests from December 6th to December 12th based on availability. Please click here to make your reservations directly with the discount code "usfcic" or you can call 1-800-808-9833 and say that you are with the USF C-IMAGE Consortium. The deadline to make your room reservation is November 7, 2016

Parking for non-overnight guests will be charged $8.00/day.

Meals will be provided for you during the meeting.  


USF employees: If you'd like to stay overnight at the Tradewinds for the duration of the meeting, please send This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an email by October 31. We need to submit a special allowance for travel.


Mark your calendars and start making your travel plans! NMEA 2016 will be hosted by our FMSEA chapter in Orlando, Fla., from June 25 through July 1, 2016!  GoMRI will be host a booth at the Conference, so come by and see us!!

 Here's a short preview to get you excited: 

NMEA’s mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and our annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment.

The conference draws 300-500 formal and informal educators from high schools, public aquariums, non-profit NGOs, and government agencies together for five days of learning, sharing, and networking. Scholarships are available.

Our researchers Dr. David Hastings and Dr. Lauren McDaniel will share their research with the beer-drinking public on May 25, 2016 at The Amsterdam in St. Petersburg, FL. Reserve your tickets now!!


David Hastings (Professor of Marine Science & Chemistry, Eckerd College)

We all know the bad news on climate: It’s getting hotter, wetter, drier, with more bad storms. Sea level is rising; drinking water is salty, oceans are acid, and corals are dying. What we don’t hear is the good news. The price of solar and wind energy is plummeting. Solar is equal or cheaper than fossil fuel in 78 countries. Banks see renewables as a good investment. China is doing the right thing. Greenhouse gas emissions have likely peaked in the energy sector. While the bad news about climate change is real and scary there is also good news. Come hear about the real world solutions.


Lauren McDaniel (Adjunct Professor of Biology at USF Saint Petersburg)

Production and transport of petroleum products is part of our energy hungry world and oil spills are one unfortunate consequence. The Deepwater Horizon Oil spill was unparalleled among environmental hydrocarbon releases, because of the tremendous volume of oil, use of dispersant, and depth at which this occurred. Six years afterwards, investigation continues into potential long-term effects of the spill. I will discuss some past and future research used to assess the potential for genetic damage within the ecosystem as a result of exposure to oil and dispersant.


The 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference is now accepting submissions for scientific sessions.

The 2017 conference theme, “Ecosystem Approaches to Gulf Response and Restoration,” encourages researchers to consider the application of their results to practical use.  Looking across a broad range of disciplines, what have we learned about oil spills and their impacts that can reduce uncertainty, mitigate ecological, social and health impacts of a future spill, advance response strategies, and improve how we approach restoration? Using scientific research will be critical to informing planning, preparedness, response and recovery for future events, and connecting this to decision makers in the response and restoration communities will be key.

The 2017 conference invites sessions focused on the following objectives:

  • Restoration and recovery
  • Oil spill response and management strategies
  • Human dimensions
  • Ecological impacts
  • Long-term fate and impacts
  • Breakdown and transport
  • Data management
  • Outreach and science communications

The Deadline to submit a session proposal is June 24th, 2016. Please don't hesitate to forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested.

Gulf Conference


Monday, February 6, 2017 7:00 AM - Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:00 PM

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113, USA


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


Acting on research that showed adolescent girls received less attention than boys, this day was initiated in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The intention was to give girls additional direct attention and an insight into work world opportunities available to them. It was to serve the multiple purpose of increased self esteem for young girls as well as give them some ideas of the wealth of careers in the world. Thirdly, it allowed them more one-on-one time with mom or dad.

It quickly took off and became extremely popular. Girls would go off to work with mom or dad, or even an aunt or uncle. They would spend the day seeing just what their sponsors job involved. It was limited only by the practicality of allowing a youthful, non-employee in a particular job environment. It works well in office environments, but proves impractical in many blue collar jobs, or where safety can be an issue.

It's popularity quickly sparked interest by the boys, who soon felt left out and were required to go to school for the day, while the girls "got the day off". As a result, the day has turned into "Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day" in many areas. While this takes away from the original intent to give more attention to adolescent girls, it has become a valuable and popular career day opportunity for girls and boys alike.

C-IMAGE researchers and students will host about 40 children from USF Employees on April 28th when we'll show them how WE spend our work days.  

Mote Marine Laboratory is hosting a FREE Mote Science Café on Tuesday, April 12th, 6p at Johann Fust Community Library (1040 West 10th St., Boca Grande, FL). C-IMAGE scientist Dr. Andrea Tarnecki will be sharing her research with attendees of the event.

Itsy-Bitsy Allies: Bacterial "helpers" for humans and fish.

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When: 19-20 September, 2016

Where: Hamburg University of Technology, Germany


Six years after the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, several questions about the more than 700 million liters of oil spilled into the ocean remain unanswered. Research groups from all around the world are working on investigations associated with oil spill behavior, the biological degradation and the impact on the environment.


After the first highly successful symposium in 2013, the C-IMAGE research group from the Hamburg University of Technology would like to invite you to the second Hamburg Symposiumon Deep-Sea Oil Spills in Hamburg. The one-day conference shall be a discussion platform to link the different research areas and to define points of contact between modeling and experimental research. The day is split into 3 sessions with specific topics. After each session a break offers the possibility for detailed discussions (hot lunch included). A welcome reception on Monday and get-together on Tuesday will offer further possibilities for interdisciplinary scientific exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.


March 1, 2016          Call for abstracts

July 15, 2016            Deadline for abstract submission

August 1, 2016         Notification of abstract acceptance

August 31, 2016       Registration deadline

Greetings All,

We will hold our C-IMAGE All Hands Meeting in Tampa on Friday February 5th, 2016 at the Marriot Tampa Waterside (the same place as the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference). Specifics will be posted here as they become available.

If you are making travel arrangements, please allow them to accommodate a Friday evening dinner/reception to be held at Dr. Hollander's house in Gulfport (about a 35 minute drive). Transportation will be provided for you to and from the reception.

Click Here to register!


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Podcasts from The Loop

The Loop is a series of podcasts which take an in depth look at C-IMAGE research. Partnering with Mind Open Media reporters Ari Daniel Shapiro and David Levin, our researchers share the importance of their studies and how they help our understanding of oil spills. David and Ari have produced eight podcasts and have more in the queue. The podcasts are linked below. Plug in and learn about our research!

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