About the CGS

The Center for Gulf Studies

Center for Gulf Studies logo, with sloganThe Center for Gulf Studies (CGS) will be a focal-point for new, long-term research and socioeconomic initiatives along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The CGS will serve the people of Mississippi and the northern Gulf region with a scientifically-based understanding of ecosystem status and trends (past to present, predictive) with special emphasis on improved forecasting abilities to ensure sustainable coastal and ocean ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico.

Administered through the University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Marine Science, the Center will work within a consortium of stakeholders including Mississippi’s research universities under the Mississippi Research Consortium, State and Federal agencies, local communities, private industry, and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Mission Statement

The Center for Gulf Studies, a partnership of Mississippi research universities, seeks sound, comprehensive science and technology-based understanding of chronic and acute stressors, both anthropogenic and natural, on the dynamic and productive waters and habitats of the northern Gulf of Mexico and seeks to facilitate sustainable use of the Gulf's important resources.

Partner Institutions

  • The University of Southern Mississippi (Lead)
  • University of Mississippi
  • Mississippi State University
  • Jackson State University

Research Priorities

The CGS will help address research priorities identified in the RESTORE Act and the Mississippi GoCoast 2020 Report, as well as those identified through existing collaborations, such as the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System.

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