The U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) MARINER project is funding the innovative development of seaweed biofuels, including a contract with the University of Southern Mississippi, which was developed by the OceanForesters team.
The Texas A&M University Department of Oceanography is the leader in oceanographic studies of the Gulf of Mexico. Its engineers are also experts in underwater autonomous vehicles and other marine technologies. They are teaming with OceanForesters in the development of installation, harvesting, and monitoring systems for ocean forests.
The 25 million dollar Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TCMAC), located at the Cedar Point research site in Ocean Springs, houses University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s marine aquaculture research and graduate education programs. They are coordinating the Department of Energy ARPA-E-funded project to design and test the first ocean forest in the Gulf of Mexico.
The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) addresses today’s highly complex ocean and coastal challenges through integrated marine science and ocean engineering. UNH provides both expert biology and structural engineering expertise for ocean forests.