Dr. Paul Montagna on the Health of the Gulf Seabed after the BP Spill

October 4, 2020

Sizing up the damages from the BP oil spill 10 years later

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Dr. Paul Montagna, an expert in understanding the ecosystems of the deep seabed. We talk about the seafloor itself before turning our attention to impacts that the BP oil spill had on vast areas of the Gulf of Mexico seafloor.  Join us as we go very, very deep and explore the bottom of the oceans, this week on the American Shoreline Podcast Network!

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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.