To advance understanding of the fundamental processes and mechanisms involved in marine blowouts and their environmental consequences, ensuring that society is better prepared to mitigate such future events.
What Have We Learned About the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Over the Last 10 Years of Research?

The Gulf of Mexico is comprised of three countries and we need a much better plan to
coordinate among these three countries. The oil policies are different. There is some
coordination on the response side, but we should have a better understanding of the Gulf as a complete ecosystem. Oil spills do not respect territorial boundaries. And so we need a more integrated multinational approach to this. That's certainly important.”
Dr. Steven Murawski


“The interdisciplinary research conducted in C-IMAGE has led to a better understanding of the physical, chemical, biological and geological functioning of the Gulf of Mexico. C-IMAGE researchers pioneered the development of high-pressure testing facilities, discovered the phenomena known as MOSSFA (Marine Oil Snow Sedimentation and Flocculant Accumulation) and quantitatively assessed many unforeseen ecologic impacts and long-term ecosystem consequences..”
Dr. David Hollander


“Over the past ten years, our team has pushed the boundaries of how academic research is executed. We’ve been able to provide continuous funding, training and professional development opportunities to students and early career researchers, and have connected them to a large interdisciplinary network of colleagues to support them deep into their careers. The future holds complex problems, and we’ve trained a team of scientists to tackle them with versatility and a broader view of their capabilities.”
Sherryl Gilbert
For the 10 Year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon , C-IMAGE developed a web page to be used as a "one stop stop" for media inquiries about what we've learned since 2010.
Check it out to view the story of C-IMAGE, our latest papers, outreach products, and recognition of our most significant legacies, our students.
C-IMAGE would not have been able to be successful in competing for three rounds of GoMRI funding and delivering on any of our objectives if it wasn't for all of your hard work. It's been a marathon, and your dedication to the program is appreciated.

We'll hold our final C-IMAGE call on Friday June 26th for a final farewell! Please join us!

Core 3 and 7b Synthesis efforts are still going strong. The Core 7b "Modeling for Synthesis" Workshop led by C-IMAGE's Dr. Cameron Ainsworth and Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele from the BEACHES project took place in virtual format from May 5-7. The main objective of the Modeling for Synthesis workshop was to construct key research and policy questions using a future systems dynamics model framework. To achieve this goal, the group first discussed the existing information and available modeling resources needed to answer such questions. Through such discussions, they identified research areas requiring further model development and strategized how future research can be conducted.

Our Core 3 Synthesis Papers are in various stages of completion. Please stay tuned for their roll it in a special issue of Frontiers in Marine Science.
A Decade After Deepwater!

Tuesday June 23 at 6:30

Please join us for the Virtual Premiere Screening of a special PBS episode of CHANGING SEAS. GoMRI researchers will be available for a live Q&A following the premier.
RSVP here
One of our "Anniversary" pieces in The Conversation was able to cut through the COVID-19 news. Contribute to the readership and take a look!
"The Gulf is a Greasy Place"
The massive study -- comprising samples from 2,500 fish representing 91 species spread across 359 locations in the Gulf of Mexico -- suggests contamination from oil pollution remains widespread roughly 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Dr. Erin Pulster explained our findings to the media. Read on!
Sirius XM Radio "Top of Mind"
Listen to today's interview between Sirius XM Radio "Top of Mind" host Julie Rose and
  #USFMarineScience 's Steven Murawski!
"Deepwater Horizon Spill 10 Years Ago Is Still Affecting the Gulf Ecosystem".

"How to make Fish Farming Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable and Successful"
Madison Schwaab is a marine resource assessment graduate student at the USF College of Marine Science, where she studies toxicology of pelagic fishes in the Gulf of Mexico.

to our Graduates!

The race to the finish line for
C-IMAGE was felt by our students and graduates. Congratulations Dr. Susan Snyder! We had one PhD and two MS defenses over the past 8 weeks. Congratulations to Kristina Deak, Brigid Carr, and Bryan O'Malley for successfully defending their degrees!
Being Quarantined Won't Stop US!
It's no doubt that COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in so many ways.
But, we know how to adapt, and rest assured the work has not stopped.
Our work spaces may have have changed a little though...
Subject to Change/Cancellation

2020 CLEAN GULF Meeting
October 20th-22nd, 2020 |  San Antonio, TX
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

" The CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition is the premier annual event for industry and government from North America and beyond to come together and discuss planning, preparedness and response issues for oil and hazardous materials spills. It brings together all parties responsible for prevention and response operations from North America and beyond to hear best practices and build relationships vital to a successful response on land or water. "

OCEANS 2020 Gulf Coast
October 19th-22nd, 2020 | Biloxi, MS.

"OCEANS is the bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. These industry thought leaders gather for four days to highlight relevant topics and current trends, while creating a community of learners and influencers who consistently advance research, practices, and policies for the marine field."
Pulster, E. L., Gracia, A., Armenteros, M., Carr, B.E., Mrowicki, J., Murawski, S. (2020).  Chronic PAH exposures and associated declines in fish health indices observed for ten grouper species in the Gulf of Mexico , Science of the Total Environment, 703,135551. 
Kostka, J., Joye, S. B., Colwell, R. R. (2020). Deepwater Horizon and the rise of the omics , Eos, 101.
Murawski, S.A., Peebles, E.B., Gracia, A., Tunnell, J.W., Jr. and Armenteros, M. (2018), Comparative Abundance, Species Composition, and Demographics of Continental Shelf Fish Assemblages throughout the Gulf of Mexico .
Mar Coast Fish, 10: 325-346. doi: 10.1002/mcf2.10033 .
  Murawski SA,,Schluter M, Paris, CBP, Aman, ZM.(2019), Resolving the dilemma of dispersant use for deep oil spill response. Environ. Res. Lett. 14 091002.
Igal Berenshtein, Claire B. Paris, Natalie Perlin, Matthew M. Alloy, Samantha B. Joye and Steve Murawski (2020), Invisible oil beyond the Deepwater Horizon satellite footprint. American Association for the Advancement of Science ,
Romero IC, Toro-Farmer G, Diercks AR, et al. Large-scale deposition of weathered oil in the Gulf of Mexico following a deep-water oil spill.   Environ Pollut . 2017;228:179-189. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2017.05.019.
Paris CB,, Berenshtein I., Trillo ML., Faillettaz R., Olascoaga MJ., Aman ZM. (2018). BP Gulf Science Data Reveals Ineffectual Subsea Dispersant Injection for the Macondo Blowout. Frontiers in Marine Science, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00389.
GoMRI's Data Cooperative, GRIIDC, will be open to receive all of your data for the foreseeable future. Please remember your commitment to the data sharing polices as you prepare your manuscripts. You need both the funding acknowledgement and the data acknowledgement language:

“This research was made possible by a grant from The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative/C-IMAGE III, No. SA 18-16. Data are publicly available through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) at (doi: [, , ,…]).”