I was one of those kids that loved the playing in the sand and as a grown-up, figured out how to make that a job! OK, it is super hard, but it sounds - and is - fun. I’ve been conducting research along beaches around the world for almost two decades and have the publications to show for it. However, I’m very excited to collaborate with my doctoral student and provide research opportunities for undergrads on a project close to home that can help the residents of our state. Furthermore, for those that know me, I’ve been working a lot on counting individual sand grains using the instrument I built, and that just makes you a little crazy after a while! Fortunately, I have the best research teams and the unconditional love of our lab mascot, Addison dog.