The Shore & Beach Magazine Edition Pt. 2: Karina Johnston and Melodie Grubbs | Shorewords!

Part2 of Lesley, Karina and Melodie

In this episode of Shorewords!, the Shore & Beach edition, Karina Johnston and Melodie Grubbs talk about their paper on regional nature-based adaptation to improve coastal resiliency.  These two authors, along with Phyllis Grifman trace this concept of regional nature-based resiliency from planning to adaptation, and their paper appears in the Summer 2020 issue of Shore & Beach.  Both Melodie and Karina have experience with the Santa Monica Bay and the vegetated dunes that they have helped to plan, construct and monitor.  The cover image from Shore & Beach provides a photo of this dune with the backdrop of the urban Malibu, CA community; highlighting the urban setting of this adaptation effort.  they talk about lessons learned from the project and future plans for the Santa Monica area.



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.