CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Paul Zimba, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected to serve on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board.
Zimba was chosen to become a member of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science Program Advisory Working Group (RSPAWG) based on his expertise in systematics, distribution, and ecology of harmful algal bloom species. RSPAWG is comprised of around 20 outstanding scientists and leaders who possess an interest in the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf States related activities.
“Many coastal issues in the Gulf of Mexico differ from those of the East and West coasts,” said Zimba. “The potential impacts from Deepwater Horizon oil leakage and treatment methods must be carefully evaluated to sustain ecosystem services for future generations.”
As a member of the working group, Zimba will provide advice and guidance to a NOAA Science Advisory Board that aids with RESTORE programs. Members will generate ongoing dialogue, build better communication with external partners, and oversee implementation of the RESTORE act. The RSPAWG will remain in constant communication with each other and meet in person several times a year.
“We hope to address specific areas of research currently unfunded that are critical for the region,” said Zimba.
The mission of the NOAA RESTORE Act is to initiate and sustain an understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The act focuses on the long-term sustainability of fish stocks, fishing, industries, the habitat, wildlife.