Dr. Robert 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.

As an outcome of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Twilley has been instrumental in the development of the Coastal Emergency Risk Assessment (CERA) software to visualize storm surge forecasts of coastal flooding associated with tropical cyclones. This program has been developed and supported by Louisiana Sea Grant as part of focus area in resilient communities and economies. He received his B.S. and M.S. 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.

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