Dr. Carlie Wiener on Ocean Engagement and Communication | National Ocean Exploration Forum 2022

April 4, 2022

How can we broaden diversity in ocean exploration?

On this episode recorded live from the National Ocean Exploration Forum, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with Dr. Carlie Wiener, Director of Communications and Engagement Strategy with the Schmidt Ocean Institute. They discuss Carlie's background and how she came to work with Schmidt; background the Schmidt Ocean Institute and the work it does; introducing the RV Falkor (too), the Institute's new research vessel; introducing World Ocean Explorer DEEP SEA exhibit; the challenge and importance sharing ocean exploration with the public; and, how we can be better at telling stories by broadening diversity in ocean exploration.

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.