Solving the Overwhelming Demand for Research Vessel Time: G. Mark Miller's Vision for the Future

February 19, 2023

Smaller research vessels, big impact.

On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, co-hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by G. Mark Miller, retired NOAA Corps Officer and founder of Greenwater Marine Sciences Offshore. GMSO is a company that offers a scalable fleet of oceanographic small research vessels to meet the overwhelming demand for research vessel time. Mark shares his vision of revolutionizing the field of oceanographic research by providing affordable, optimally sized, and cost-effective vessels to scientists and explorers whose projects could not otherwise afford time on the water. The study that Commander Miller commissioned during his tenure at NOAA revealed the need for small research vessels and the potential to fulfill 3,000-7,000 days at sea per year. Listen to this episode to learn more about Mark's career at NOAA, GMSO's mission, and approach Don't miss it, only on ASPN!

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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.