In response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was formed to answer oil spill–related scientific questions. However, peer-reviewed scientific discoveries were not reaching people whose livelihoods depended on a healthy Gulf of Mexico. GoMRI and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs partnered to develop a regional Extension program with a team of multidisciplinary specialists and a regional manager embedded within the Sea Grant programs. The team answered oil spill science questions from target audiences. The program leaders also identified the value of adding a regional Extension communicator to enhance their Extension products.
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Sempier, S. H., Swann, D. L., Graham, L., Hale, C., Maung-Douglass, E. S., Wilson, M., Bethel, M., Plotkin, P. T., & Main, M. B. (2018). Multiple-University Extension Program Addresses Postdisaster Oil Spill Needs Through Private Funding Partnership. The Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 19. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.04.19