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Learning from the Storms of our Past

With all eyes are on the sky during this record shattering hurricane season, Gulf of Mexico Reserve Managers Jace Tunnell and Keith Laakkonen talk about how experiences with past hurricanes are helping us prepare for a more resilient future.

National Estuarine Research Reserves are buckled down for an active hurricane season, and not for the first time. Disruption has become the new normal on our coasts and resilience is the holy grail. As the 2020 Hurricane Season winds up one hurricane after another, Host Peter Ravel gets in the wayback machine with Jace Tunnell and Keith Laakkonen. Together, they travel back to Gulf of Mexico 2017—a monumental year when Harvey blasted Texas and Irma pummeled Florida. They talk about what it’s like to be part of a program that was created to monitor change in these tumultuous times and the solutions they’re finding in partnership with the communities they serve.

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Reserves, Partners, Friends

Hurricanes

Monitoring

Restoration

Peter A. Ravella

Founder and Publisher of Coastal News Today and ASPN, experienced business owner in coastal policy, land use, grants, permitting and financing with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental and coastal services industry. Skilled in Government, Community Engagement, Beach & Dune Restoration and Financial Planning, Natural Resource Management, Wetland Mitigation, and Environmental Education. Strong education with a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M and a JD with Environmental Law Certificate from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.