Faculty Profile for Dr. Denise Blanchard-Boehm

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Dr. Denise Blanchard-Boehm
Professor — Dept of Geography & Environmntl Studies
phone: (512) 245-3090

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Denise Blanchard is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Texas State University and specializes in hazards research and application, risk communication/public education, energy resource use and management, natural resources, geographic education, emergency management, coastal zone management, economic geography; international trade; location analysis and business geography; finance; history of geography and geographical history.

Dr. Blanchard received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.S. degree in Economics from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Finance from Auburn University.

Dr. Blanchard’s recent publications focus on aspects of hazards and emergency management, environmental management, risk communication, environmental and hazard perception, K-12 geographic and environmental education, water conservation and policy, energy resources, and geographical history.

Dr. Blanchard’s most recent research and teaching interests include energy resource use and management, emergency management, geographical histories of the American environment, natural resource use and management, all aspects of natural hazards and disasters, risk communication, beach restoration and nourishment, coastal and riverine management, and environmental education.

Dr. Blanchard has chaired and graduated 10 Ph.D. students from Geography and Environmental Studies and served on 35 Ph.D. committees. She has chaired and graduated four Masters of Science (M.S.) thesis students and served on 13 Geography and Environmental Studies thesis committees. Dr. Blanchard has chaired and graduated 48 Masters of Applied Geography students (M.A.Geo.) and served on 33 M.A.Geo. committees. In addition, she has advised and/or served as an "outside" Masters chair for four students and served on 14 "outside" Masters committees for 17 students.

Dr. Blanchard serves on the Board of the Applied Geography Conferences-AGX, and is an Associate Editor for the Papers in Applied Geography journal. She has served as Chair of the Subcommittee for Education and Outreach for the San Marcos River Watershed Initiative. She is a former Director and Associate Director of the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research.

Dr. Blanchard was named Honorary Professor of International Studies by the International Studies Department at Texas State University. She has received 5 Favorite Professor awards from the Alpha Chi National Honor Society at Texas State.

Dr. Blanchard received a national Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education [NCGE] as well as the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University.

Teaching Interests

Hazards Research and Application;
Nature and Philosophy of Geographical Thought;
Risk Communication/Public Education;
Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Resource Management and Use;
Communication Geography;
Emergency Management;
Coastal Zone Management;
Business and Economic Geography;
International Trade; and
History and Geography/Geographical History.

Research Interests

Hazards Research and Application;
Risk Communication/Public Education;
Energy Resource Management
Natural Resources Use and Management;
Emergency Management;
Coastal Zone Management;
Business and Economic Geography;
International Trade; and
History of Geography/Geographical History.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Lu, Y., Ekeanyanwu, C. V., & Blanchard-Boehm, D. (2024). Untangling the myth of flood risk and mitigation in affluent inland urban neighborhood – A case study of the Onion Creek Neighborhood in Austin, Texas. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 101, 104237-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.104237
  • Blanchard-Boehm, D. (2021). Engaging in the Great Water Divide in Texas: The Impact of Too Much and Too Little. The Social Studies Texan, 37, 45–48.
  • Patton, M. T., & Blanchard-Boehm, D. (2017). Evolution of the Modern Era of Geographic Education through Messages that Established the Foundations of K-12 Educators. Research in Geographic Education, 18, 10–25.
  • Patton, M. T., & Blanchard-Boehm, D. (2016). Teachers’ Attitudes, Beliefs and Perceptions towards Disseminated Information and Guidance from Leaders in Geographic Education: An Examination of the Trickle-down Effect. Research in Geographic Education, 18(1).
  • Blanchard-Boehm, R. D., & Cook, M. J. (2015). The 1987 Edmonton, Alberta Canada Tornado: Perception, Experience, and Response. In Evolving Approaches to Understanding Natural Hazards. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Press. Retrieved from http://www.cambridgescholars.com/evolving-approaches-to-understanding-natural-hazards

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2019 Elected Member, Board of Directors, Applied Geography Conferences. January 15, 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Professor of International Studies, Center for International Studies, Texas State -San Marcos. 2012 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2022 Favorite Professor, 2022 Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Alfred H. Nollle, Chapter, Texas State University-San Marcos. 2022
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State Alumni Association. March 2020 - December 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2015 Favorite Professor, 2015 Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter, Texas State University-San Marcos. 2015

Selected Grants

  • Blanchard-Boehm, Denise. GIS Net, $25000000. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
  • Blanchard-Boehm, Denise. Hazards in Texas, Texas State University. (Funded: 2007). Grant.
  • Blanchard-Boehm, Denise. When the Electronic Media Fails: Assessing the Adequacy of Alternative Formal and Informal Networks of Communication During a Major Flood Hazard Occurrence, Quick Response Grant, Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, $2000. (Funded: 2005). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Emergency Management Association of Texas-EMAT
January 2017-Present
AAG Career Mentor
Workshop, panel member, presenter at annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers
April 2015-Present
Editorial Review Board Member
AGX-Community of Applied Geographers
February 2020-2024
Reviewer / Referee
Reviewer / Referee
Oxford Dictionary of Geography