BOEM Seeks Ideas for Future Environmental Studies

To help inform management decisions affecting the Outer Continental Shelf, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management develops, oversees and funds the collection of environmental information as directed by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act through its Environmental Studies Program.

The ESP focuses on applied science, including baseline information about the environment and the effects from activities that result from the leasing and development processes under our authority. The goals of the ESP are to establish the information needed to assess, predict and manage environmental impacts on the marine biota, and monitor the human, marine and coastal environments. BOEM is beginning to formulate its FY2016 Environmental Studies Development Plan covering all BOEM energy and minerals activities.BOEM seeks public input in identifying potential study ideas pertaining to the Alaska, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific OCS planning areas. BOEM’s ESP is particularly interested in study ideas that include hypothesis testing. Please note that ideas submitted must be relevant to BOEM’s information requirements in the areas of biological, oceanographic, social, economic and cultural research.

Please provide your suggestions by contacting one or more of the following, depending on your area of interest:


Dr. Dee Williams,
Alaska Studies Chief (
(907) 334-5283


Dr. Pat Roscigno,
Gulf of Mexico Studies Chief ( (504) 736-2752


Dr. Ann Bull,

Pacific Studies Chief (
(805) 384-6385


Dr. Mary Boatman,
Renewable Energy Studies Chief ( (703) 787-1662





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