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The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project

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    Principal Investigator:
    Dr. Jen Brown
  • The Gulf is an oral history project and podcast that shares stories about people and nature on the Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, visit the The Gulf's homepage.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Pamela T. Plotkin

This is an oral history recording of Dr. Pamela T. Plotkin, interviewed by Dr. Jen Brown. Dr. Plotkin discusses her early life and what got her interested in studying biology; the start of her career at Padre Island National Seashore; working for Tony Amos and rescuing animals; her graduate work on sea pens; marine debris and plastics and the impact on sea turtles; her doctoral research studying olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica; the growing popularity of sea turtles; her experiences as a woman in science; and the restoration efforts for Kemp's ridley sea turtles.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
Larry McKinney

Part One: This is an oral history interview of Dr. Larry McKinney interviewed by Dr. Jen Brown. Part One covers Dr. McKinney's early life; growing up in West Texas; the drought of the 1950s; how he got interested in marine biology; graduate school and his work with amphipods; his work at Texas Parks and Wildlife; diving; fishing; and other topics.

Jen Brown , Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
Jennifer Beseres Pollack

This is an oral history interview of Dr. Jennifer Beseres Pollack interviewed by Jen Brown. Dr. Pollack discusses what drew her to environmental science; how she got interested in coastal habitat restoration; her work with oyster recycling and oyster reef restoration; conducting scientific studies during the COVID-19 pandemic; and being a female faculty member.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
Dara Orbach

This is an oral history recording of Dr. Dara Orbach, interviewed by Maxwell McClure. Dr. Orbach talks about her work as a marine biologist and what led to take the career path she is on. This includes details about her undergraduate studies, graduate studies, research experience with marine mammals, and her current work that she does in her lab at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She also gives advice for prospective students who want to study marine mammals.

Maxwell McClure Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
Dennis Burk

This is an oral history recording of Dennis Burk interviewed by Jen Brown. Mr. Burk covers his work as a volunteer at the Texas State Aquarium and Padre Island National Seashore; diving; travel; sea turtles; environmental education and conservation; and his work as a registered nurse in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
John "Wes" Tunnell, Jr.

This is an oral history recording of Dr. John "Wes" Tunnell, Jr. interviewed by Jen Brown. Dr. Tunnell talks about his career as a marine biologist and ecologist; his early life in Taft, Texas; going to school at Texas A&I University-Kingsville; the early years of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; the creation of the Center for Coastal Studies; the creation of the Harte Research Institute; teaching; and transnational science in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
Billy Sandifer

This is an oral history recording of Captain Billy Sandifer interviewed by Jen Brown. Captain Sandifer discusses his life growing up in South Texas; hunting and fishing; shrimping; shark fishing and guiding; the creation of the nonprofit organization Friends of Padre and the annual Big Shell Beach Clean Up; his views on the environment, conservation, and climate change; and his role as a DEA informant for drug smuggling along the Padre Island National Seashore.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
David McKee

This is an oral history recording of Dr. David McKee interviewed by Jen Brown. Dr. McKee discusses his early life growing up in Sinton, Texas; hunting and fishing; his work as a marine biologist and a professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; his books; and his involvement with the Coastal Conservation Association.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
Emilie Payne

This is an oral history recording of Emilie Payne interviewed by Jen Brown. Emilie Payne discusses birding in South Texas as well as her work protecting brown pelican nesting groups and patrolling Pelican Island in Corpus Christi Bay.

Jen Brown Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project
Paul Montagna

Part 1: This is an oral history recording of Dr. Paul Montagna interviewed by Jen Brown. Dr. Montagna talks about becoming a scientist; his longtime work as a marine biologist on estuaries and freshwater inflow; Texas water law, Senate Bill 3 (2007), and Texas politics; his role in the creation of MANERR (Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve); and being a member of the Port Aransas school board.

Jen Brown , Corpus Christi, TX Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project

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