LONG BEACH, Miss.— Governor Phil Bryant Thursday named the Center for Gulf Studies the RESTORE Research Center of Excellence for the state of Mississippi.
It’s a research consortium that will be headed up by the University of Southern Mississippi in conjunction with the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and Jackson State University.
Under the RESTORE act, which is directed at allocating the Deep Water Horizon oil spill money from responsible parties, there is a 2.5% designation to establish such centers.
"This research is just not academic; it will help grow our local economy and benefit all types of business sectors,” said Gov. Bryant.
Research results from the center will be shared with other scientists and agencies to enhance coastal management among other things.
Dr. Hank Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education, was also on hand Thursday at the announcement.
“By leveraging the collective resources of the universities and working with other state and federal agencies, the center will conduct research that will unlock the mysteries of the Gulf and translate into products and information that will improve the quality of life for all Mississippians,” said Bounds.
The center will be aimed at continuing to learn more and more about the ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico and how stressors to like oil spills affect the balance.