Faculty Interests

As a learner-centered and discovery-driven institution, Western Michigan University values the research of its faculty. The following lists the research interests of faculty members in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism.

Kathleen Baker

  • Physical geography
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Environmental analysis of domesticated plants

Lisa DeChano-Cook

  • Physical geography
  • Natural disasters
  • Sports geography

Lucius Hallett

  • Human geography
  • Tourism

Chansheng He

  • Hydrology
  • Water resources and nonpoint source pollution
  • Sino-US
  • Water resources policy analysis

Lei Meng

  • Climate variability
  • Climate change
  • Impact on hydrological and terrestrial ecosystems

Michelle Metro-Roland

  • Urban and cultural geography
  • Landscape
  • Tourism

Benjamin Ofori-Amoah

  • Economic and urban geography
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Retail and service location
  • Economic development
  • Africa

Nicholas Padilla

  • Latin America
  • Political economy
  • Political ecology
  • Qualitative methods

Li Yang

  • Tourism
  • Urban and regional planning 

Laiyin Zhu

  • Climatology
  • Geographic Information Science