In Defense of an Island: Kojima’s Fight Against the Sea


  • H. Jesse Walker

    1. Dr. H. Jesse Walker completed his Ph.D. at the Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1960 and has been a part of the LSU community ever since. He served as chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU and was named Boyd Professor in 1976. His research focus includes geomorphology, the Arctic, and alluvial and coastal morphology. Dr. Walker served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and fl ew transport planes in the South Pacifi c. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of American Geographers in 2005, and, in 2008, was the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society's Patron's Medal. Although now retired from LSU, Dr. Walker remains an active researcher, guest lecturer, conference presenter, and world traveler. Jess can be contacted at
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Kojima, a small island off the coast of northern Japan, serves as a center for the collecting and processing of kombu (a Japanese kelp) and is defended from erosion by artificial structues including a seawall, several groins and four detached breakwaters.