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.