The Shore & Beach Magazine Edition Pt. 1: Kristen Goodrich | Shorewords!

November 18, 2020

Who knows where the sediment goes? Kristen Goodrich does

In this episode of Shorewords!, the Shore & Beach edition, Kristen Goodrich talks about her paper on improved coastal sediment management in California through coordination.  Kristen's paper, written with co-authors Doug George, Marc Beyeler, Phyllis Grifman and Nick Sadrpour, appears in the Summer 2020 issue of Shore & Beach.  Kristen talks about the importance of sediment for a healthy, sustainable coast and some of the ways that sediment will be part of a climate adaptation in many coastal areas.

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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.