Tara Skelton

Oil Spill Science Communicator
Tara Skelton




703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564


Based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Tara has served as a science communicator for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and the CONsortium for oil spill exposure pathways in COastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE). She supports the oil spill specialists in the development of outreach products and presentations.

Tara holds a master's degree in English education from Wake Forest University and a bachelor's degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South.

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.