Ben Orlove

Co-Director, MA Program in Climate and Society; Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society; Faculty, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; Co-Director, Center for Research in Environmental Decisions

Ben Orlove

Orlove is an anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes since the 1970s and also carried out research in East Africa, the Italian Alps, and Aboriginal Australia. His early work focused on agriculture, fisheries and rangelands. More recently he has studied climate change and glacier retreat, with an emphasis on water, natural hazards and the loss of iconic landscapes. In addition to his numerous academic articles and books, his publications include a memoir and a book of travel writing. Orlove taught for many years at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Orlove earned a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

State of the Planet

Palcacocha Icefalls Demonstrate Hazard Vulnerabilities in Peru

June 12, 2017
Tags: Climate, flood control, flooding, glaciers, Infrastructure, natural disasters, peru

The Candidates Agree: America’s Aging Infrastructure Needs a Fix

November 4, 2016
Tags: Sustainability, Green Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Healthy Cities

Melting Glaciers Help Spur a Message on Climate

October 10, 2016
Tags: Climate, Climate Policy, COP 21, COP 22, Glacier Hub, glaciers, Paris Climate Agreement, UN Framework Convention on Climate change