Dr. Nigel Pontee and Doug Baughman became interested in coastal issues while growing up across the pond from one another. Nigel spent childhood holidays at his parents’ boat on the coast of North Wales, and spent hours wandering up and down the beach, looking at the sand, rocks, and waves coming in. Doug grew up in Midwestern America but was fascinated to learn from Jacques Cousteau and a high school biology teacher, so he moved to Key West to learn more. Doug was surprised to learn that marine science didn’t involve swimming with the whales but instead was more likely to involve wading in the mud.
Both went on to study coastal science and oceanography, and they now lead CH2M’s work in helping our clients build resilient coastlines. Nigel is CH2M’s Global Technology Leader for Coastal Planning & Engineering, and Doug is a senior environmental scientist and Water Resources and Eecosystem Management Team Leader.