Dr. Gary B. Griggs

April 21, 2021

Lesley Ewing kicks off her new show on coastal literature

This inaugural issue of Shorewords! features Dr. Gary B. Griggs, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for 51 years and author of a dozen books, over 100 articles, and several scientific reports.  Join us as Gary talks about how a book functioned as his first hurdle to a Doctors degree, the coastal topics that have dominated his writing since overcoming that hurdle, his approach to writer’s block, and his favorite types of sand and beaches.

Dr. Gary B. Griggs
Show Transcription
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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.