Multiple-University Extension Program Addresses Postdisaster Oil Spill needs through private funding partnership Academic Article uri icon


  • © by Extension Journal, Inc. In response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was formed to answer oil spill-related scientific questions. However, peer-reviewed scientific discoveries were not reaching people whose livelihoods depended on a healthy Gulf of Mexico. GoMRI and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs partnered to develop a regional Extension program with a team of multidisciplinary specialists and a regional manager embedded within the Sea Grant programs. The team answered oil spill science questions from target audiences. The program leaders also identified the value of adding a regional Extension communicator to enhance their Extension products.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sempier, S. H., Swann, D., Graham, L., Hale, C., Maung-Douglass, E. S., Wilson, M., ... Main, M. B.

publication date

  • August 2018