Shipman, Hugh

Hugh was a geologist with the Shorelands Program at the Washington Department of Ecology since 1989 but retired in 2019 after 30 years.  His interests include coastal erosion, geologic hazards, and the environmental impacts of shoreline modifications. Hugh grew up near the coast of Maine but moved to the Puget Sound region in 1983. (Updated Oct. 2021)

Here is his bio from Sound Waters University 2018:

Hugh has been a Coastal Geologist with the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program of the Washington Department of Ecology since 1989.  He works all over Puget Sound and is interested in coastal erosion, geologic hazards, beach restoration, and the environmental impacts of shoreline modification. He provides technical assistance to state and local agencies, conducts trainings and educational workshops, and participates on a variety of advisory groups.

Hugh received a BA in Earth Sciences and Engineering from Dartmouth in 1981 and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington in 1986. He grew up near the coast of Maine, but moved to the Salish Sea in 1983.

In his spare time, Hugh blogs about shoreline geology at his “Gravel Beach” website:  http://gravelbeach.blogspot.com

 

03-03-2012 Hugh Shipman: Bluffs and Beaches

About the Talk

Bluffs and Beaches:  Geology on the edge (of Jefferson County)

Puget Sound is best distinguished from other large American estuaries by the pervasive influence of the last glaciation.  This glacial legacy includes a steep, irregular coastline, an abundance of coarse-grained sediment, and a shoreline dominated by coastal bluffs.  These bluffs are inherently erosional landforms, although the rate and character of this erosion varies greatly.

Bluffs are a key component of a dynamic beach system that supports an incredible array of coastal landforms and environments, including spits and small estuaries.  This talk will draw on local examples to show how geologic processes have shaped the modern shoreline and how they continue to do so – sometimes with significant implications for people who live near the shore.  The talk will also include observations on how geology is becoming increasingly important to our thinking about how we protect Puget Sound’s shorelines.

About the Speaker

Hugh has been a geologist with the Shorelands Program at the Washington Department of Ecology since 1989.  His interests include coastal erosion, geologic hazards, and the environmental impacts of shoreline modifications. Hugh grew up near the coast of Maine but moved to the Puget Sound region in 1983.

Visit Hugh’s blogs at:

Gravel Beach – http://gravelbeach.blogspot.com/

Washington Coastal Hazards Resilience Network – http://www.wacoastalnetwork.com/blog