The program brings the world-class expertise of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory into the classroom. The instructors of the program are distinguished scientists of the Observatory and among the pioneers in the use of technology – underwater vehicles, aircraft, drones, and satellites – to collect critical measurements, samples, and real-time data worldwide.
LEARN FROM THE BEST SUSTAINABILITY SCIENTISTS
The faculty comprise some of the world's leading scientists, who are part of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. In this program, the faculty draw on scientific advancements to teach students the practical applications of science in the field of sustainability.
Arthur Lerner-Lam is the Program Director and also serves as the Deputy Director of the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. He is a seismologist, who has studied and published on the interactions between crust and mantle, the thickness of tectonic plates, the structure of mountain belts and crustal rifts, and active seismicity. He has led scientific expeditions in the Middle East, Europe, Central and South Asia, the Southwest Pacific, and throughout the United States. Over the last 20 years, he has lectured and written widely on natural hazards and society. Lerner-Lam and his colleagues and students have supported the activities of the United Nations, the World Bank, and other international institutions promoting sustainable development in the face of extreme natural hazards.
Lerner-Lam teaches in Columbia’s Masters programs in Sustainability Science, Sustainability Management, and Environmental Science and Policy. With colleagues from political science, economics and international affairs, Lerner-Lam also has developed related curricula on sustainability management and sustainable investing suited for intensive executive education certificate programs.
Lerner-Lam received his undergraduate degree in geological sciences from Princeton University, and his doctorate in geophysical sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He has held Post-doctoral positions at Scripps and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been at Lamont-Doherty since 1985. He has been on numerous scientific advisory committees and editorial boards including as a member on the Federal Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee for the U.S. Geological Survey, as a consultant to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and as a contributing author to the U.N.’s Global Risk Update. He has consulted on environmental and natural hazard resilience for the governments of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Chile, India, China, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the nation’s preparedness for natural disasters.