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Hi world! I'm Christie, science blogger and PhD student in the CMB program at the University of Hawaii. Having gained a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College, much of my view of the world is... Read More »

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Hawaii's beaches are infamous. The sparkling sands here attract around 7.5 million people a year who spend nearly $13 billion on their lodging, food, and souvenirs. But this bustling industry is under siege, as Hawaii's beaches are shrinking dramatically every year.

Already, estimates published in 1997 found that ~24% of Oahu's sandy shores had been lost. Now geologists warn that the other islands are shrinking, too - up to 70% of Kauai's beaches may be eroding, with Maui's shores in hot pursuit. It's not just hawaii's problem. Experts have estimated that 60% to 80% of the nation's shoreline is chronically
eroding, but Hawaii's economy is so dependent on healthy beaches that the loss of shoreline here is a much bigger deal.
There are a lot of myths out there about the marine world, but by far the one that bothers me the most is the notion that sharks don't get cancer. This simply untrue statement has led to the slaughter of millions of sharks via the industry for shark cartilage pills, which are sold to desperate cancer patients under the false pretense that they can help reduce or cure their illness.
I figured that the first step in starting fresh somewhere is introducing myself. So, this is a post about my life. It was originally posted at my other blog, Observations of a Nerd, but it's just so good I had to re-post it here. So here's my life, in a blog post: