The Complex and Critically Important World of the Arctic with Dr. Victoria Herrmann

The Arctic is important to all coastal citizens

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Dr. Victoria Herrmann, the President and Managing Director of the Arctic Institute, a Washington D.C.-based "think and do tank" that seeks to shape policy for a "secure, just, and sustainable Arctic through objective, multidisciplinary research". In addition to managing the Institute and Board of Directors, Dr. Herrmann's focuses her research and writing on climate change, community adaptation, resilient development, and migration. Victoria has testified before the U.S. Senate, served as the Alaska Review Editor for the Fourth National Climate Assessment, contributes to The Guardian and Scientific American on climate policy, and was named one of the most 100 influential people in climate policy worldwide in 2019 by Apolitical. Its our first trip to the Arctic on ASP, and we've got a perfect guide in Dr. Herrmann. Come along, only on ASPN!

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.