Robert Walker is a coastal engineer and coastal researcher. Originally from North Carolina, Robert studied Environmental Engineering at NC State University before completing a MS in Coastal Engineering at Old Dominion University. He has been a practicing coastal engineer in the private sector since 2004 and is a licensed professional engineer in the states of North Carolina, California, and Hawaii. Robert is based out of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, where areas of active research include coastal processes and shoreline change in tropical island environments, and nature-based approaches to coastal hazard mitigation. Robert remains actively engaged with the coastal community both in Hawaii and at a national level, participating in several technical committees and organizations related to coastal zone management. Since 2008 he has chaired a national committee on Living Shorelines with the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI), and has served on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Shore & Beach Preservation Association since 2013.