LSU professor named to National Academy of Sciences panel

Robert Twilley to serve on Everglades Restoration Progress committee

Robert Twilley

Robert Twilley has been selected to serve on the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS, Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, or CISRERP. This panel operates within the NAS Division on Earth and Life Studies as part of the Water Science and Technology Board.

Twilley, associate vice chancellor of research and economic development at LSU, who leads the Coastal Sustainability Agenda and is professor of oceanography and coastal sciences, was selected to serve in the third incarnation of this group since its inception in 2004. The panel has been Congressionally-mandated to review the progress toward achieving the restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, or CERP.

“Restoring the Everglades is one of the largest ecosystem restoration programs with many of the challenges similar to restoring the Mississippi River delta,” said Twilley. “I look forward to tackling these challenges with other members of this NRC panel to provide guidance on how to achieve effective large-scale restoration efforts in the United States and abroad.”

CISRERP is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior and South Florida Water Management District. A key responsibility of the group is to make sure that the best science and engineering principles and practices are being applied to CERP. The group will publish their findings every other year, detailing the following criteria:

  • an assessment of progress in restoring the natural system;
  • a discussion of significant accomplishments of the restoration;
  • a discussion and evaluation of scientific and engineering issues that could impact progress;
  • and an independent review of monitoring and assessment protocols to be used for evaluation.

For more information about CISRERP or the Coastal Sustainability Agenda, visit or contact Ashley Berthelot at 225-578-3870 or to schedule an interview with Robert Twilley.

Ashley Berthelot | Writer | Office of Communications & University Relations
March 2009