James Lindholm on the Story of Ocean Science and Adventure | Shorewords!

December 16, 2021

A conversation with the author of the Chris Black series

On this episode of Shorewords! join host Lesley Ewing in conversation with Dr. James Lindholm, marine biologist and author of the Chris Black adventure books, Into a Canyon Deep, Blood Cold and Dead Men’s Silence.  James’ broad ranging travels for marine research provide the backdrop for his novels and as well as talking about his books, he talks about ocean dumping; the importance of marine protected areas; ecotourism; incredible flying sharks found off Seal Island, South Africa; and, using virtual reality to introduce more people to the ocean environment and reach younger generations.

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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.