Boiling Down the Alphabet Soup of Coastal System Health into a Single White Paper | Shorewords!

March 17, 2022

FIBs, HABs, SAV, MP, OA, NNBFs and More!

On this episode of Shorewords!, join host Lesley Ewing in conversation with Nicole Elko and Julie Kinzelman, two of the 21 authors of the newly released ASBPA White Paper on Human and ecosystem health in coastal systems ( The White Paper covers FIBs, HABs, SAV, MP, OA, NNBFs and other topics of the alphabet soup of coastal system health. This paper condenses our current understanding of nearshore process interactions with coastal pollutants and ecosystems, the resilience of some key coastal ecosystems and provides recommendations for the research, engagement and policies needed to help coastal managers respond to the broad range of human and ecosystem threats.

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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.