Lisa DeChano-Cook

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Lisa DeChano-Cook
Associate Professor of Geography
(269) 387-3536
(269) 387-3442
3521 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Mailing address: 
Department of Geography
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
  • Ph.D., Environmental Geography, Texas State University San Marcos, 2000
  • M.S., Geography, Ohio University, 1997
  • M.A., Space Studies, University of North Dakota, 1994
  • B.S., General Physics, Juniata College, 1993
Teaching interests: 
  • Physical geography
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Natural disasters and risk management
Research interests: 
  • Physical and environmental geography
  • Natural hazards and hazard perception
  • Sports geography

Dr. Lisa DeChano-Cook is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University.

Her research interests lie in the broad category of environmental geography with emphases on geomorphology, natural hazard and perception. She has studied such topics as:

  • Grizzly bear-human interactions (charges, maulings and fatalities).
  • Public perceptions of debris flow hazards.
  • Psychological and social issues of landslide hazard perceptions.

She has also co-edited:

  • Pathways #33, published by the National Council for Geographic Education, focusing on using sports examples to teach various geography concepts.
  • A book along with Joe Stoltman and John Lidstone titled "International Perspectives on Natural Disasters: Occurrence, Mitigation, and Consequences."

DeChano-Cook's interests in geographic and environmental education and sports geography have led to papers and projects on:

  • Environmental knowledge and environmental attitudes of high school seniors (17 to 19 years old) in several countries (Chile, England, Switzerland and the United States).
  • How to use sports to teach geography concepts and American attitudes and perceptions of the 2004 Summer Olympics.

DeChano-Cook was involved with two grants:

  • Designing a Michigan Land Use Model for elementary social and science instruction, funded in 2003 by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (along with Joseph Stoltman).
  • Designing lessons for teachers using the Grade Level Content Expectations for Michigan, funded in 2004 by the National Geographic Society (along with Joseph Stoltman).