Professor Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at LSU and the Director of Human Dimensions at the Water Institute of the Gulf. He has extensive experience in both the public and private sector, having spent a decade with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources along with managing the Washington, DC office of PHR Environmental Consultants in the 1990s. His research has focused on the historical geography of hazards, water resources, and most recently community resilience. He is the author of the award winning Unnatural Metropolis (2005) in addition to numerous book chapters and articles. From 2007 to 2012 he was the editor of the Geographical Review.