Meet our Alumni: Keith Meldahl, PhD '90

 Keith Meldahl sits in a camping chair with his laptop in the Cadelaria HillsAuthor and Professor of Geology at MiraCosta College

Keith Meldahl's newest book is Surf, Sand, and Stone: how Waves, Earthquakes, and Other Forces Shape the Southern California Coast (University of California Press). It tells the scientific story of the Southern California coast: its mountains, bluffs, beaches, islands, waves, earthquakes, and related phenomena. It takes readers from San Diego to Santa Barbara, revealing the evidence for how the coast's features came to be and how they are continually evolving. With a compelling narrative and clear illustrations, Surf, Sand, and Stone suggests how the coast will change in the future and how we can best prepare.

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Keith Meldahl is Professor of Geology and Oceanography at Mira Costa College and the author of two popular books, Hard Road West (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and Rough-Hewn Land (University of California Press, 2011).  In his spare time, he plays guitar in a classic rock band, and enjoys hiking and exploring throughout California and the western U.S.