Coastal Conversations: Unpacking North Carolina's Urgent Coastal Shoreline Issues

November 21, 2023

Diving in to NC's critical coastal issues

Join Genevieve Guerry and Kyra Hagge in this episode as they recap the Coastal Societies’ Forum, a discussion on North Carolina's coastal issues. This episode zeroes in on three critical areas: community shoreline protection, the impact of PFAs (forever chemicals), and strategies for offshore wind energy. Listen to perspectives from a diverse group of coastal professionals, including state employees, non-profit advocates, and scientists, who emphasize the importance of collaboration in tackling these challenges. For additional insights, explore the NC Coastal Federation at ⁠⁠, Clean Cape Fear at ⁠⁠, and the NC PFAS Network at ⁠⁠. Don't miss the discussion with Dr. Greer Arthur, Director of NC Collaboratory, featured in Episode 19, available at ⁠⁠.

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Genevieve “GG” Guerry, Kyra Hagge, Rory Kuczek, Kathryn Lienhard, and Nat Blackford

American Shoreline Podcast Network teamed up with graduate and professional students from student chapters of The Coastal Society to highlight voices in coastal science and management. Together they’ve created All Swell?, an innovative podcast that dives into current ocean and coastal issues, their potential solutions, and the people leading the way toward a more resilient future. The podcast creators and hosts this year are from East Carolina University and Duke University. Genevieve “GG” Guerry and Kyra Hagge are Ph.D. candidates at East Carolina. GG is interested in public health and aims to work on the public perception of forever chemicals such as PFAS in the Cape Fear watershed and climate migration. Kyra is integrating behavioral economics and social psychology with hydrogeology to tackle questions about pro-environmental behavior and adoption of green technology along the coast of North Carolina. Kathryn Lienhard, Nat Blackford, and Rory Kuczek are Master of Environmental Management students at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. Kathryn is interested in coastal resilience, ecosystem restoration, and community engagement. She is currently working at Duke’s Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC. Nat is interested in how we manage our coastal ecosystems - from coastal forests to marshes to seagrass meadows. These coastal environments are some of the most densely populated areas on the planet, have huge ecological and cultural significance, and sequester and store large amounts of carbon. Aurora Kuczek, is a master of Environmental Management student at Duke University studying Ecosystem Science and Conservation. She is interested in coastal restoration, particularly as it relates to wildlife conservation, and how local communities can get involved in restoration processes to make real change for their environments they are closely intertwined with and rely upon to survive.