The ECOGIG Mission
ECOGIG's mission is to understand the environmental signatures and impacts of natural seepage versus that of abrupt, large hydrocarbon inputs on coupled benthic-pelagic processes in deepwater ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, and to chart the long-term effects and mechanisms of ecosystem recovery from the 2010 Macondo well blowout.
Front view of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Hercules collecting a glass sponge from a thicket of Lophelia pertusa coral in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG, a GoMRI funded research consortium
Delicate glass sponge collected from a cold-water coral reef ecosystem in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The sponge's tissue will later be analyzed for its stable isotopic composition.credit: Caleb King
An octopus rises in the water column to get a better view of Hercules.(credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG, a GoMRI funded research consortium)
On July 5, 2013, ECOGIG hosted a media day at the docks in Gulfport, Mississippi. A group of about 20 representatives from local media outlets, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the Stennis Space Center, the Port of Gulfport, and the University of Mississippi