Driving Future Tech For a Better Ocean with Dr. Allan Adams | National Ocean Exploration Forum 2022

April 10, 2022

On this episode recorded at the National Ocean Exploration Forum, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Dr. Allan Adams, a physicist turned ocean engineer, designing scalable technology for ocean exploration, monitoring, and conservation. Adams earned degrees in physics form Harvard, Berkeley, and Stanford, has taught at MIT, and most recently founded Oceanic Labs, an ocean technology skunkworks.  A dedicated educator and public speaker — Dr. Adams' introductory lectures on quantum mechanics from MIT have been viewed nearly two million times, and his TED talks have been viewed more than that 3 million times.  His 2016 TED talk about the LIGO  discovery of Gravitational Waves was chosen as one of the top 10 TED Talks of 2016.

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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.