The Golden Cattail Award

Thursday, March 25, 2021


Dr. Robert Twilley

The Golden Cattail Award was created in 2018 to honor individuals among us who have made exceptional contributions to the study of wetland biogeochemistry. The first inaugural award was presented to Dr. K. Ramesh Reddy in recognition of more than 40 years of extensive contributions to the foundation of our science.

At the 2021 symposium, the Golden Cattail Award was presented to Dr. Robert Twilley, executive director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and professor in the LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences.

"Dr. Twilley is a titan in his field. He continually engages decision makers at all levels in order to ensure they have the very best science available to them when making informed choices for management of these vital coastal systems. We are proud to honor his nearly 40-year career with the Golden Cattail Award in Recognition of Exceptional Contributions to Advancing Knowledge in Wetland Biogeochemistry,” said John White, chair of the symposium.

Twilley is a leading national expert in coastal deltaic science and sustainability. He has worked on some of the largest ecosystem restoration efforts in the world including the Mississippi River Delta, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Florida Everglades. In addition, he has worked on mangrove conservation and restoration throughout the neotropics of Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico. He has published extensively on wetland ecology and global climate change, and he has been involved in developing ecosystem models coupled with engineering designs to forecast the rehabilitation of coastal and wetland ecosystems.


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