Gulf of Mexico Conference 2024 (GOMCON)

February 19 – 22, 2024

Check out our 2024 GOMCON plenary speakers and schedule of scientific sessions

The Gulf of Mexico Conference (#GOMCON) full meeting agenda, including descriptions of Monday workshops, the concurrent session schedule, and information on our amazing plenaries, has been posted as PDFs on our website,

Start picking out your conference must attends so you are ready before you arrive at the Tampa Convention Center in February.

On Monday, we have a slate of informative workshops that will make you glad you came, plus our Welcome Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the rotunda. Workshop topics include but are not limited to

  • seagrass monitoring,
  • offshore wind,
  • science/art collaborations,
  • connectivity in the deep Gulf,
  • oyster restoration,
  • blue carbon research, and
  • economic guidance for coastal management professionals.

On Tuesday, we will start the day with breakfast and posters, followed by our Opening Plenary, focused on “Building Coastal Resilience in the Gulf: From Ecosystems to Communities.” The conversation will center around weather and climate and how to plan for resilience in the face of it all. Speakers will include Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Florida Chief Resilience Officer Wes Brooks, and University of Georgia Associate Dean and Professor J. Marshall Shepherd.

The plenary will be followed by a day of scientific sessions on topics including

  • tropicalization of the Gulf,
  • coastal mapping, regional sediment management,
  • coastal community resilience,
  • ecosystem health,
  • Deepwater Horizon-funded science,
  • coastal carbon,
  • extreme heat,
  • coastal resource management,
  • science communications, and
  • partnerships.

Our famous Tools Café will be that night; it’s a great opportunity to discover new tools that can help you do your job even better.

The Wednesday Plenary theme is “Communicating the Impacts of Weather and Climate on Communities.” The conversation will center around communication best practices in regards to weather, climate, and risk mitigation. Speakers will include Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) CEO Chauncia Willis, Reinsurance Association of America President Frank Nutter, and a representative from The Weather Channel.

The Wednesday Plenary will be followed by more scientific sessions on topics such as

  • coastal bird conservation,
  • coastal resource planning,
  • offshore wind energy planning,
  • coastal community resilience,
  • regional data sharing,
  • Deepwater Horizon-funded restoration,
  • water quality and harmful algal blooms,
  • species conservation and restoration,
  • communications, and
  • the future of environmental education.

And don’t forget Thursday, which will include another full day of scientific sessions including topics such as

  • pelagic fish,
  • oil spill science,
  • coastal community resilience,
  • regional data sharing,
  • corals, and
  • species conservation and restoration.

We’ll wrap up the day with GOMA team meetings. Not on a team?  All attendees are invited to join a team simply by showing up to the team meetings.

The meeting is a little over a month away, so make sure you register today.

NOTE: We are having technical difficulties getting the concurrent session schedule to display through the abstract management portal, but will have it resolved soon. Please contact Dave Reed at if you have questions about your session or your presentation.



Feb 19 - 22 2024


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