Our Ocean Backyard Archive

Gary Griggs

Gary Griggs is a Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences at UC Santa Cruz and held the directorship of the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) at the University for 26 years. IMS is a research organization that includes Long Marine Lab and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Griggs’ coastal research ranges from coastal evolution and development to shoreline processes, coastal hazards, coastal engineering, and sea level rise. He has recently documented coastal erosion processes and has evaluated the effectiveness of coastal protection structures and the impacts of coastal engineering projects (seawalls, jetties, breakwaters) on coastal processes and beaches. He has also examined the impacts of sea level rise on California’s beaches and coastline as well as coastal policies to reduce the impacts of hazards and sea level rise.

Griggs writes a column every other week for the Santa Cruz Sentinel called “Our Ocean Backyard,” in which he addresses topics of interest regarding Monterey Bay and the ocean beyond. His passion for ocean science is the driver for the column, giving him the opportunity to share his knowledge and communicate the importance that ocean science plays in our daily lives.

Browse “Our Ocean Backyard” articles by topic:

The Global Ocean

Energy and Power

Climate Change

Coastal Erosion, Protection and Shoreline Change

Beaches

Coastal Geology

Waves, Currents and Sea-Level Rise

Natural Disasters

History of the Monterey Bay

Sea Life

Other

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CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK
April 18–24, 2021
Learn more about our blue planet. Special at-home activities and arts and crafts are available for download.

SCIENCE SUNDAY
April 18, 2021, 1:30 PM
Join us for a special Earth Week Science Sunday–online! “Conservation Physiology in Marine Mammals.” Preregister.

LABSIDE CHATS
April 22, 2021, 11 AM
Learn why the peregrine falcon’s recovery can help solve today’s environmental issues with Zeka Glucs, Ph.D. Submit your questions, then watch the live chat, here.

SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS–AT HOME!
Explore the diversity of mollusks found around the world in a new coloring page series, Mollusk Mates.

JOIN OUR TEAM! SEYMOUR CENTER DIRECTOR
The Seymour Center is seeking a new Director. Learn about this opportunity, here.

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