Dr. Kam-biu Liu is the George William Barineau III Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, School of the Coast and Environment, at Louisiana State University (LSU). He is recognized as a pioneer and leader in paleotempestology, a scientific field that uses the geological record to study past hurricane activity. As a paleoclimatologist and paleoecologist, Professor Liu’s broader research interests include the use of fossil pollen, lake sediments, and ice cores to reconstruct the global and regional patterns of climate and environmental changes on timescales of centuries to millennia.
During the past two decades he has been using coastal sedimentary records to reconstruct past hurricane activities in the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, the Caribbean region, and the Pacific coast of Mexico. He has published more than 100 research papers and is an editor and author of the book “Hurricanes and Typhoons: Past, Present, and Future” published by Columbia University Press. In addition, his research has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, documentary films, and TV programs in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Liu is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and had served as a member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research (USNC/INQUA). He has been serving as the Chair of the LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences since 2013.