Faculty Interests

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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.

Kathleen Baker

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

Lisa DeChano-Cook

  • Physical geography
  • Natural disasters
  • Sports geography

Todd Ellis

  • Weather and climate education
  • Atmospheric thermodynamics
  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • Earth’s climate and global climate change<

Charles Emerson (Jay)

  • Geographic information science
  • Remote sensing
  • Geographic position systems

Lucius Hallett IV

  • Human geography
  • Tourism

Rebecca Harvey

  • Community development and planning
  • Land use law
  • Zoning ordinance and interpretation
  • Master plan reviews

Chansheng He

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

David Lemberg

  • Urban and regional planning
  • Sustainable development
  • Landscape ecology
  • Mathematical modeling

Adam Mathews

  • Geographic information science
  • Remote sensing
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles

James McManus

  • Land use planning
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Zoning administration and planning law
  • Meteorology and geomorphology
  • GIS application

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 L. Padilla

  • Latin America
  • Political economy
  • Political ecology

Christopher Scott Smith (Scott)

  • Environmental modeling
  • Social justice
  • Urban governance

Joseph Stoltman

  • Geographic education

Gregory Veeck

  • Economic geography
  • Agriculture and rural development
  • China and East Asia

Li Yang

  • Tourism
  • Urban and regional planning 

Laiyin Zhu

  • Climatology
  • Geographic Information Science