Media Advisory: Coastal Resources Center’s J.P. Walsh available to discuss erosion and recent storms in R.I.

Director of URI Coastal Resources Center at URI available to speak on coastal change, erosion

KINGSTON, R.I. – Jan. 19, 2024 – University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Professor and Coastal Resources Center Director J.P. Walsh is available to share research and an informed perspective on erosion and coastal changes after recent storms in Rhode Island. Walsh can offer insights into how Rhode Island and other New England states are being affected by the impacts of recent storms.

WHO: URI Professor of Oceanography J.P. Walsh, director of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center

BACKGROUND: Perspective on erosion and coastal changes. Walsh specializes in oceanography and marine geology with ongoing research in coastal processes and hazards, estuarine dynamics, and continental-margin sedimentation. Along with colleagues and students, Walsh has been tracking recent shoreline changes along Rhode Island’s south coast. He is available for interviews to share an informed perspective on coastal change in New England. A Fulbright Research Scholar, Walsh is a professor of oceanography and geological oceanographer with a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Washington. His research focuses on coastal sedimentary processes and related phenomena, such as erosion, sedimentation and the fate of microplastics. He studies processes shaping shorelines and is an expert in sand resources on the U.S. East Coast. Internationally, Walsh is well known for his research investigating how materials discharged by rivers are dispersed and accumulate in the ocean. He has conducted research around the world including in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, California, France, and the Gulf of Mexico, evaluating ecosystem change, coastal hazards, and coastal changes related to storm events. Learn more here.

FOR INFORMATION: J.P. Walsh, office, 401-874-6233;

Kristen Curry, URI Communications, 401-874-5602,
Peter Hanlon, URI GSO, 401-874-6397,