Craig E. Colten


Craig E. Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of geography at Louisiana State University. For much of the past fifteen years he has worked on applied research related to coping with coastal hazards, environmental justice, community resilience, and long-term adaptation to environmental change.  His books include: Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature (2005), Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana (2009), and Southern Waters: The Limits to Abundance (2014).  He served as the Director of Human Dimensions at the Water Institute of the Gulf, Editor of the Geographical Review, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers.  He recently launched the Human Coast Initiative at LSU which seeks to insert people into the discussion about the state’s imperiled coast.