Multiple-University Extension Program Addresses Postdisaster Oil Spill Needs Through Private Funding Partnership
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://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss4/19