Shipwreck Expeditions: Diving into the Past for a Sustainable Future | American Blue Economy Podcast

May 17, 2023

Shipwrecks and sealife: A captivating bond beneath the waves

In this month's episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral, Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret) dives into shipwreck ecology. Besides their value to our nation's maritime heritage, shipwrecks sustain a wide variety of sealife and contribute to important elements of the American Blue economy such as recreational and commercial fishing and dive tourism. Joining Admiral Gallaudet are two experts on the topic,  Dr. Avery Paxton, a Research Marine Biologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Beaufort North Carolina, and Cady Breslin, a Marine Educator at the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo, NC.  Also on the docket are two students from North Carolina State University, who will discuss their marine biology research on wrecks off the North Carolina: Hailey Lewis, a recent graduate of NCSUwho studied zoology and marine science, and  Iileyah Braxton, who is finishing her sophomore year studying marine biology. Check it out if you want to learn how the Graveyard of the Atlantic is fostering new life in marine ecosystems and supporting the North Carolina coastal economy: ASPN | Shipwreck Expeditions: Diving into the Past for a Sustainable Future | American Blue Economy Podcast (

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Adm. Tim Gallaudet

Rear Admiral Gallaudet, PhD, USN (ret) is the CEO of Ocean STL Consulting. From 2017-2021, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / Deputy NOAA Administrator, and from 2017-2019 he also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / NOAA Administrator. As Acting Administrator, he led the agency comprised of 20,000 federal employees and contractors managing the nation’s fisheries, coastal resources and waterways, weather satellites, weather services, and environmental research, overseeing a $6B annual budget and daily operations of 18 environmental satellites, 16 oceanographic ships, 9 aircraft, 450 boats, and 400 technical divers, 6 supercomputers, over a dozen laboratories, and several hundred field sites across the country. As the Deputy Administrator, he led NOAA’s Blue Economy activities that advance marine transportation, sustainable seafood, ocean exploration and mapping, marine tourism and recreation, and coastal resilience. Prior to NOAA, Rear Admiral Gallaudet served for 32 years in the US Navy, completing his career as the Oceanographer of the Navy. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all in oceanography.