New Agreement Creates International Ties for Gulf Research and Education

Published: March 31, 2014

New Agreement Creates International Ties for Gulf Research and Education

Houston, Texas – A new agreement between Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía - INEGI) forges a way for cooperation in solving some of the most complex issues relating to the Gulf of Mexico. Issues that may be addressed include endangered marine species, offshore drilling and contamination in the Gulf.

“We’re excited to build on our existing relationships with researchers and educators in Mexico for the benefit of our students and the future of the Gulf,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  “It’s agreements like these that open the door for solutions that encompass needs on both sides of the border.”

Signed Monday, March 24, during the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston, the agreement between the two institutions helps to establish a schedule of regular activities for faculty and students to meet regularly. Outcomes may include shared research projects, the interchange of findings and other collaborations dealing with Gulf issues.

 “An important part of the agreement is the ability for students to see the effects of different environments in the Gulf,” said Mr. Roland Ocampo Alcàntar of INEGI. “Travel to different parts of the Gulf gives students a firsthand view of the different outcomes of environmental legislation and other factors.”

The two institutions plan to co-author and co-publish whenever it is appropriate and share resources as possible with the goal of establishing sound science for decision-making around the Gulf of Mexico.

The Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at A&M-Corpus Christi will be instrumental in this collaboration, said HRI Director Dr. Larry McKinney.

 “Cementing these partnerships and agreeing to work together with researchers and students on all sides of the Gulf is vital to its healthy future,” he said. “We are already seeing great collaborations, and look forward to many more.”

About the HRI: The Harte Research Institute, an endowed research component of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. Expertise at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) includes the consequences and long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Harte Research Institute is made possible by an endowment from the Ed Harte family. For more information, go to

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