John Pine is Director of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics and Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He joined the Appalachian faculty after thirty years at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he directed the graduate and undergraduate Disaster Science and Management Program and was a Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology and the Department of Environmental Sciences. His research on disasters and emergency management centers on emergency planning, hazards and risk assessment, and risk management. He has worked with many federal, state and local entities to identify strategies to enhance community preparedness and ensure the resilience of communities impacted by disasters. Dr. Pine has served on the Board of Visitors for FEMA's Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland; his publications have been included in: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy, and Management; Disasters; Journal of Race and Society; International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters; Oceanography; Journal of Emergency Management; Natural Disaster Review; Journal of Environmental Health; and the Journal of Hazardous Materials. He has a doctoral degree (1979) in higher education administration and public administration from the University of Georgia at Athens.