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Past Events

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting
November 18, 2014
New Orleans, LA

The Gulf Research Program participated in APHA Special Session 4015.0: "When place matters: investments in science benefit community resilience, public health and sustainability on the U.S. Gulf Coast." A description of the session and an agenda are available here.

Strategic Plan Virtual Meeting
September 30, 2014
3:30-4:30pm EST
Meeting recording and presentation

Hosted by members of the Gulf Research Program's Advisory Group, this virtual meeting summarized the Program's new strategic plan and offered participants an opportunity to ask questions.

Community Resilience and Health Opportunity Analysis Workshop
September 22-23, 2014
New Orleans, LA
Agenda with speaker presentations

At this small discussion meeting, invited participants defined possible areas where Program investments could improve the health and resilience of Gulf communities. Participants explored needs, challenges, and opportunities across a wide range of topics, including:

  • Speeding recovery and strengthening the resilience of Gulf communities and ecosystems;
  • Improving our understanding of the connections between human health and environment; and
  • Developing capacity for innovative, collaborative, and cross-cutting programs that engage and benefit Gulf communities
Environmental Monitoring Opportunity Analysis Workshop
September 3-4, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Through panel discussion and breakout sessions, about 35 key workshop participants identified environmental monitoring needs within the following two areas of opportunity:

  • Developing ecosystem services models to inform existing and planned habitat restoration
  • Improving our understanding of the physical and biological attributes of the deep Gulf of Mexico to enhance environmental protection from the impacts of oil exploration in the deep and ultra-deep water
Participants also discussed technological and methodological innovations that could help address these monitoring needs, identified monitoring opportunities uniquely suited to the Gulf Research Program’s 30-year duration, and identified opportunities for partnerships and leveraging of resources.

Meeting of the Full Gulf Research Program Advisory Group
June 11-12, 2014
Tampa, FL

We apologize to any remote participants who were unable to join the meeting due to technical glitches that caused our WebEx connection to fail to work from our Tampa meeting.

Presentations Available for Download
Enhancing Ocean Observing in the Gulf of Mexico: Roles, Responsibilities & Some Priorities [PDF 8.0 MB]
Steve Murawski, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida

Understanding Natural Variability in Large-Scale Features of the Gulf of Mexico [PDF 10.66 MB]
Frank Muller-Karger, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida

Monitoring for Success with Ecosystem Services [PDF 2.51 MB]
Marc Russell, Gulf Ecology Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ecological Connectivity in the NE GOM: Resiliency in the Once & Future Gulf [PDF 2.43 MB]
Felicia Coleman, Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory

Education and Training Opportunity Analysis Workshop
June 9-10, 2014
Tampa, FL

This workshop was intended to be an in-depth exploration with approximately 30 key participants from the Gulf Region higher education, workforce development, employer, and policymaking communities. The workshop considered the current state of education and training pathways for preparing the region’s middle-skilled workforce in both the short- and long-term and identified perceived needs and potential opportunities that might be addressed by the Gulf Research Program.

To request agendas and presentations from earlier meetings, contact