Library Issues Forum: "Rigs to Reefs" with Dr. Quenton Dokken
There are nearly 4,000 active oil rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Besides the humans working on them, these structures are home to countless corals and animals, providing vital shelter for marine life in otherwise open waters. These artificial reefs virtually become their own ecosystems, but what happens when the platform is retired?
An alternative to removal is to turn the rig into a more permanent reef through the Rigs-to-Reefs (RTR) program. Join us as we dive deeper into this topic, taking a look at this interesting byproduct of the oil industry from the viewpoint of one of the Gulf of Mexico's best-known conservation champions.
Dr. Quenton Dokken is the President and CEO of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to promote and facilitate conservation of the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and its resources through education, public awareness, research and leadership programs. Previously, he served as Associate Director of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies and the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program.
As a marine scientist, Dr. Dokken has extensive publication record relating to the study of the ecosystems and fauna of the Gulf of Mexico. As Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program, he has led his professional peers in developing priorities for marine research in the Gulf of Mexico, a daunting task in the face of declining research dollars.
He is the founder and coordinator of the Flower Garden Ocean Research Program and is also the former Executive Director of the Texas State Aquarium.
Following Dr. Dokken's talk, we will have a reception in the rotunda. Due to a generous donation from AT&T this event is provided to you for free. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Register online at bushlibrary.eventbrite.com or for more information call (979) 691-4014 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.