Exploration Icon Dr. James A. Austin on the Past, Present, and Future of Ocean Discovery | National Ocean Exploration Forum 2022

April 4, 2022

The valued perspective of a career spent exploring the deep.

This episode, recorded live at the National Ocean Exploration Forum, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with ocean exploration icon, Dr. James A. Austin. Dr. Austin has been at The University of Texas, Austin for more than 35 years. He has spent more than four years at sea on 28 different research vessels and has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. A legend in the space, Dr. Austin talks about his life and career, how ocean exploration has changed (and remained the same), and how he sees the future of ocean exploration shaping up.

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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.