LSU’s Craig Colten Partners with Water Institute to Help Coastal Communities Adapt to Environmental Changes
BATON ROUGE – Craig Colten, Carl O. Sauer Professor in Geography, has joined the Water Institute of the Gulf as its director of Human Dimensions. While retaining his position with LSU, he will work to help coastal communities adapt and respond to environmental changes and hazards.
The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems, both within the Gulf Coast and around the world. Its mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society.
“Craig will play an integral role in incorporating the human aspect into our applied and integrated research program,” said Chip Groat, CEO and president of The Water Institute. “His extensive knowledge of coastal Louisiana’s social, cultural and anthropological dynamics will be invaluable in helping us preserve unique cultures in ways that work in concert with their natural environments.”
Colten earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geography from LSU and a doctorate from Syracuse University. In addition to research, he has taken part in consulting projects and presentations in Europe, Latin America and Canada. He also served as editor for the journal Geographical Review.
“With his having conducted extensive research on historical responses of communities to disasters, Craig brings a wealth of expertise related to the dynamics of Louisiana people’s interaction with the coast,” said Shirley Laska, sociology professor emerita at the University of New Orleans; founder of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response, and Technology at the University of New Orleans; and a member of The Water Institute’s Science and Engineering Advisory Council. “Craig and his team will be integral to incorporating the human dimension into our coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana and beyond.”