Steve Sempier, Ph.D.

Outreach and Deputy Director and Oil Spill Science Outreach Manager
Steve Sempier, Ph.D.


228-818-8830 228-818-8841


703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564



Steve Sempier serves as Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant's deputy director and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs Oil Spill Science Outreach Manager.

Steve joined MASGC in 2007 and currently works in Mississippi and Alabama as well as regionally throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Previously, he worked at Mississippi State University on a U.S. Department of Agricuture aquaculture risk management project, at Oregon State University for a USAID program devoted to increasing food security in developing nations and at marine and environmental education programs in California and Minnesota.

Steve has a Ph.D. in coastal science from The University of Southern Mississippi, a master's degree from Oregon State University and bachelor of science degree from Eckerd College, Florida.

He specializes in regional research planning, restoration, strategic planning, facilitation, aquaculture and fisheries.

He also manages the Oil Spill Science Outreach Program.

Program Involvement

Oil Spill Science Outreach Program

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was established by a $500 million commitment from BP in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The 10-year research program aims to mitigate the impacts of hydrocarbon pollution and stressors on the marine environment and public health from the spill, as well as improve society’s understanding of oil spill issues. GoMRI provides support to the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana and Texas) for an extension and outreach effort to increase the use of oil spill science by people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf. This is a new model of a private entity engaging with the four Sea Grant programs in the Gulf of Mexico to develop a regional outreach program.