Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2020: A Milestone in Gulf of Mexico Research

Dates: February 3, 2020 - February 6, 2020

Location: Tampa, FL

For the Gulf of Mexico, 2020 is important for a number of reasons. For one, it marks the 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which took eleven lives and heralded the worst marine oil spill in the U.S. It also signifies the culmination of 10 years of dedicated research which has increased our knowledge of marine oil spill science, Gulf ecosystems, and the impacts of the spill to those ecosystems and communities. Thus, 2020 presents a pivotal moment as the Gulf research and management communities enter the next phase of Gulf science.

Since 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science conference has convened annually to incorporate new discoveries into our knowledge base and identify what questions remain. The 2020 conference provides the opportunity to assess and synthesize just how much has been learned about the impacts of oil spills in the Gulf and how this wealth of research can inform regional management and policy. Plus, just as Gulf scientists have learned from the Alaskan experience post-Exxon Valdez, perhaps lessons in the Gulf of Mexico might inform other regions and countries considering oil exploration.