Dr. Gary Griggs
UCSC Earth Sciences
Gary Griggs is a Distinguished Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz where he has been a faculty member for 50 years. His research, teaching and writing are focused on the coast of California and include coastal hazards, erosion and engineering and the effects of sea-level rise on the coastline.
He has authored or co-authored 10 books and has written a biweekly column, Our Ocean Backyard, for the Santa Cruz Sentinel for the past nine years. Gary was honored by the UCSC Alumni Association with the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006, and the California Coastal Commission and Sunset Magazine named him one of California’s Coastal Heroes in 2009.