Call for Applications: 2023 Student Workshop on International Coastal and Marine Management (SWIMM)

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Besonen, Mark

Mar 25, 2023, 9:25:00 AM3/25/23
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The 7th Student Workshop on International Coastal and Marine Management in the Gulf of Mexico ("SWIMM 2023") will take place in a mixed format with an in-person component in Cancún, Mexico from approximately May 13-21, 2023 and a virtual component during Summer and Fall 2023.  The SWIMM program brings together graduate students from the United States, Mexico, and Cuba for week-long workshops involving peer-to-peer exchanges, shared learning, and intensive interactions with scientists, managers, and practitioners.

The focus of SWIMM 2023 will be on the economic valuation of recreational fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.  For the in-person component in May 2023, students will participate in the Latin America and Caribbean Fisheries Conference (see, and will assist with the organization and operation of a special symposium within the congress that is focused on current management and future challenges for marine recreational fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and Greater Caribbean regions.  Day trips outside of the immediate Cancún area to explore recreational fisheries operations, interact with stakeholders, and participate in other thematic, in-person activities will also occur during the May in-person event.  During Summer and Fall 2023, participants will meet and work virtually to construct a database of economic assessment methodologies for recreational fisheries, gather information from recreational fisheries stakeholders who were contacted during the first part of the workshop in May 2023, and then compile and standardize this information to estimate the economic value of these activities and develop a report on the effort.

We invite applications from graduate students who are a.) enrolled in Ph.D. or M.S. programs in the United States, Mexico, or Cuba, or b.) who are citizens of any of these three countries, but enrolled in a graduate program elsewhere.

Candidates should be engaged in a program of studies and/or research in areas of environmental management, environmental or ecological sciences, environmental anthropology, economy, or political and social sciences with focus on socio-environmental issues, community or hazards planning, coastal or marine sciences, oceanography, biology, ecology or marine zoology and related disciplines.

The program will cover roundtrip air or bus transport for participants to Cancún from their airport or bus station of origin. The program will also cover transport, food, and lodging expenses related to the workshop while in Mexico. Participants will be responsible for expenses in their own home country before and after the workshop (like meals and getting to/from the airport) and for personal items such as toiletries or souvenirs while in Mexico.

The deadline for applications for SWIMM 2023 is 5:00 pm Central Time on April 10, 2023.

The full Call for Applications and online application form can be found at

SWIMM workshops are organized by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (HRI), the UMDI-Sisal, Facultad de Ciencias of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and the Centro de Investigaciones Marinas of theare Universidad de La Habana (CIM-UH), and are supported by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the HRI Furgason International Fellowship.

Mark R. Besonen, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist & HRI Director of International Programs
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5869
Corpus Christi, TX  78412

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