Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Owen Temby

Second Advisor

Dr. Dongkyu Kim

Third Advisor

Dr. Andrew M. Song


The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem represents a significant management challenge in its 3,423-mile coastline and transnational regulatory setting, along five states from the United States, six states from Mexico, and Cuba which borders the southeastern quadrant. Providing various resources to the regional economies, the continued success of these resources depends on the collaboration among transnational participants in bringing together complementary skills and multidisciplinary approaches to producing, circulating, and utilizing scientific knowledge. Using bibliometric analysis of Gulf of Mexico-related published research over 18 years from 2000 to 2018 allows for identifying organizations, their connections, and trends in the production of scientific research about the region. The results reveal a robust network structure between government and academic institutions but a disjuncture in US-Mexico cross-border research, with organizations outside of the Gulf of Mexico region having a stronger relationship with institutions in each country. The database and findings provide potential information that can contribute to the ongoing efforts to improve transboundary collaboration in the Gulf of Mexico region.


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