GOMURC at GOMOSES
LSU was well represented at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GOMOSES), held on February 5-8, 2018, in New Orleans. The conference was titled "The Three R's of Gulf Research," which stood for "Response, Restoration, and Resiliency," and featured Robert Twilley, executive director of LSU's Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science, as one of three plenary speakers. Twilley's talk focused on boosting communications with the public to create greater accountability and improving adaptive management, to better learn what works and what does not so scientists do not make the same mistakes twice.
Charles A. Wilson III, chief science officer of Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GOMRI) and emeritus professor in the LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, was another plenary speaker. He was on the panel of the closing plenary, "The Future of GOMOSES: Maintaining Momentum - Seeking Synergy," along with Larry McKinney, a founding member and chair of GOMURC and former chair and member of the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee.
In addition, Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) hosted a workshop within the GOMOSES conference titled "Examining the 1990 Oil Pollution Act to improve the governmental and scientific response to future oil spill events." Christopher D'Elia, GOMURC board member and professor and dean of the LSU College of the Coast & Environment, organized the workshop, which addressed three objectives: 1) to educate participants about the Oil Pollution Act's ( OPA's) history and intent; 2) to discuss the priority science and research needs for responding to a spill like the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and how OPA succeeded or failed to address those needs; and 3) to discuss longer-term legal and social issues that may be improved in OPA.