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Professor Emeritus of Geography, Louisiana State University

For over 30 years I have been involved with studying the geography of hazards. I started my career looking at the pre-EPA era practices for managing hazardous wastes and where such activities took place. More recently, I have focused on a range of urban flood hazards and community resilience. With a group of colleagues and students, I have considered the specific practices used at the community and family level that enable people to rebound from devastating events like hurricane, giant oil spills, and river floods.

Examples of my work can be found in my books An Unnatural Metropolis, Perilous Place and Powerful Storms, Southern Waters, and State of Disaster.


  • 2000–present
    Professor Emeritus of Geography, Louisiana State University


  • 1984 
    Syracuse University, Ph.D.


  • 2021
    State of Disaster: A Historical Geography of Louisiana's Land Loss Crisis,
  • 2014
    Southern Waters: The Limits to Abundance,
  • 2009
    Perilous Place, Powerful Storm: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana,
  • 2005
    Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans From Nature,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
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