Arthur Lerner-Lam, PhD

Deputy Director–Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Arthur Lerner-Lam is the Deputy Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, located in Palisades, New York. A seismologist, 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-hazard risk identification, assessment and management. At Columbia, Lerner-Lam directs the graduate programs in sustainability science and environmental science and policy. These programs provide a broad and quantitative understanding of the environment, including Earth’s climate, and foster critical thinking about the public policies and private-sector management principles needed for resiliency and sustainability. With colleagues in political science, economics and international affairs, Lerner-Lam has also developed related curricula on sustainability management and sustainable investing suited for intensive executive-education certificate programs.Lerner-Lam holds a BS in geological sciences from Princeton University, and a PhD 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. Lerner-Lam has served on numerous scientific advisory committees and editorial boards, including as a member of the Federal Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee for the US Geological Survey, as a consultant to the US Trade and Development Agency, and as a contributing author to the UN’s Global Risk Report and the World Bank’s Global Hotspots Report. He has also consulted on environmental and natural-hazard resilience for the governments of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Chile, India, China, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela, and testified before the US Congress on the nation’s preparedness for natural disasters.

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