GoMRI Education Resources -

This site houses a collection of the wide variety of education and education-related materials being developed through funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.


  • Materials: Lesson Plans and Activities for the Classroom
  • Science: Research Stories and Article Highlights
  • People: Stories about Scientists, Teachers, Students, and Others
  • Projects: Links to GoMRI-funded Projects with Education and Outreach Efforts
  • Links: Oil Spill and General Reference Links

Recent Additions to the Site:

Publication Highlights Model Comparison Study Confirms Subsea Dispersant Effectiveness Die visualizations of stratified bubble plume flows. (Image provided by Scott Socolofsky

An international science team assessed predictions from multiple oil spill models and found that subsea dispersants used during response to a simulated accidental blowout may reduce oil droplet size by at least one order of magnitude. This size reduction contributed to a one to two order of magnitude distance increase to where oil surfaced downstream Read More

Research Stories Understanding Oil Transport in Coastal Waters Understanding Oil Transport

CONCORDE studies sub-surface exposure pathways After the Deepwater Horizon incident, the coastline oiling that occurred raised questions about oil movement and impact. For example, before a surface slick reached land, was there oil below the surface waters and how might that affect coastal environments and organisms? The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded CONCORDE Read More

Lesson PlansTeachers and Students K-12 Science Classroom Activities in Spanish by CWC CWC small logo

Actividades de clase K-12 en Español The lesson plans below are oil spill related and inspired by GoMRI funded research. Some of these are general, and it may be necessary to modify the activities for specific grade levels.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Murt Conover, Senior Marine Educator of the Coastal Waters Read More

Lesson PlansLinksStudent Activities NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program for Teachers and Students

Welcome to NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program! http://www.adp.noaa.gov/ As coordinator of the NOAAA’s adopt a Drifter Program (ADP), I welcome you to this unique opportunity to hop on the back of a drifting buoy as it hitches a ride across our vast oceans, monitoring ocean currents and sea surface temperatures. I am excited to help Read More

Lesson Plans New Release: Gulf of Mexico Multidisciplinary High School Curriculum Deep-C High School Curriculum Now Available Online

A team of scientists and education staff with the Deep-C Consortium developed a user-friendly curriculum to help students make connections between the theoretical nature of science and real world applications. This education tool uses application-based science to improve Gulf of Mexico literacy and addresses issues such as environmental disasters, their impacts on ocean ecosystems, and Read More