Jared Orsi is professor of history at Colorado State University, specializing in environmental and borderlands history. A graduate of the University of California at Davis, he holds a master's from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At CSU he teaches U.S. and Mexican history and serves as director of CSU's Public Lands History Center. In 2003, he won the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2012 the CSU Alumni Association's Best Teacher Award. In 2017, he won the college's Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching award and in 2019 was named one of the college's two Professor Laureates. Orsi's favorite class is a summer field course in which he and the students spend a week following Zebulon Pike's 1806-1807 route across Colorado. He is the author of the prize-winning "Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles" and "Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike," as well as numerous articles and book chapters. In 2008-2009 he was the Ray Allen Billington Distinguished Visiting Professor at Occidental College and the Huntington Library. His current book, "Peoples of a Sonoran Desert Oasis," is an environmental history of Quitobaquito Springs at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.