Lisa M. DeChano-Cook is a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University (WMU). She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from Texas State University, her M.A in Geography from Ohio University, her M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota and her B.S. in General Physics from Juniata College.
Lisa became a FAR in 2016, and a member of the 1A FAR Board of Directors in 2018. She chairs the WMU Athletic Board, which is an advisory board to the Athletic Director. She has served in a variety of roles at WMU and within Geography. She currently organized the Michigan State Finals of the National Geographic Bee and serves on the honors committee of the American Association of Geographers. She has also served on various committees in the College of Arts & Sciences, and across campus.
Lisa teaches and publishes books, book chapters and articles on topics within environmental geography, predominantly on disaster/hazard perceptions and environmental impacts, and geographic/environmental education. She also does work in sports geography, most particularly on environmental aspects of sports such as sustainability and climate change, and using sports to teach geographic concepts.