When La Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi in 1682 and claimed for France all of the land drained by that river and its tributaries, naming it Louisiana, the Mississippi Delta was in full swing. A couple of centuries later however, we are dealing with the compromises inherent with change, population and industry that have limited the once natural building effect of the Mighty Mississippi. Still hope exists through ideas and projects that can or may harness some aspects of the Mississippi River as well as other waterways in the rebuilding of segments of our coast.
Join Dr. Robert Twilley, Executive Director of Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science at LSU as he shares research on how our delta might be improved through ingenuity, engineering and science.
Dr. Robert Twilley
Dr. Twilley is Executive Director of Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science at LSU. Presently, Dr. Twilley serves as President-of Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. He has been a Distinguished Professor at both LSU and UL Lafayette. He is founder of the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio and developed the UL Lafayette Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology. Most of Dr. Twilley's research has focused on coastal systems ecology both in the Gulf of Mexico, throughout Latin America, and in the Pacific Islands. Dr. Twilley has published extensively on mangrove ecology, global climate change, and has been involved in developing ecosystem models coupled with engineering designs to forecast the rehabilitation of coastal and wetland ecosystems. He received his BS and MS from East Carolina University, PhD from University of Florida and post-doctoral studies were at Horn Point Laboratory at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies.