Doug Amedeo

Doug Amedeo

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Title In Memoriam
Address 3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
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Doug M. Amedeo, professor emeritus of geography at the School of Natural Resources, died Dec. 4, 2019, in Lincoln

Amedeo was a leader in environmental perception and behavioral geography, focusing his career on the human dimensions of environmental and spatial issues. He began as an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1973, after serving for five years as an assistant professor at the University of California.

By 1992, he was promoted to full professor, and in 1993, he became the chair of the Department of Geography, which later was merged with the Department of Anthropology, and then the School of Natural Resources, his permanent faculty home. He served in that role for three years.

Amedeo also was a permanent member of editorial boards for the journals of Architectural and Planning Research and Environment and Behavior, and served on more than 18 university committees over the years.

During the course of his career, he published and presented more than 70 books, chapters, articles or papers and advised nearly 20 graduate students in pursuit of their doctorate degree. Even in his retirement, he continued to work with, advice and inspire students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Amedeo was born Sept. 21, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York, to Guido and Jean (Gong) Amedeo. He served in the Korean War and, in 1962, earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Wisconsin State University. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees in geography from the University of Iowa in 1965 and 1967, respectively.

In 1977, he married Patricia Herriott, who survives him. He also is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Amedeo Nelson of Lincoln and Elizabeth Amedeo Stigleman (Marty) of Midland, Michigan.

A celebration of his life will be in spring 2020; Wyuka Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials made be made to women's, children's or animal charities.

Selected Publications

Amedeo, Douglas, with Reginald G. Golledge and Robert J. Stimson. 2009. Person-Environment-Behavior Research: Investigating Activities and Experiences in Spaces and Environments. Guilford Publications, Inc.
Amedeo, D., Golledge R.G. (2003). Environmental perception and behavioral geography. Geography in America at the dawn of the 21st century, 133-148
Amedeo, Douglas and Dyck, J.A. 2003. Activity-Enhancing Arenas of Designs: A Case Study of the Classroom Layout. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. 20: 323-343. Online
Amedeo, Douglas. 1999. External and Internal Information in Versions of Scenic-Quality Perceptions. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. Vol. 16, #4, Winter, pp.328-352.
Amedeo, Douglas with Kate Speicher. 1995. "Essential Environmental and Spatial Concerns for the Congenitally Visually Impaired." Journal of Planning Education and Research. 14: 101-110. Online
Amedeo, Douglas. 1993. Emotions In Person-Environment-Behavior Episodes. Advances in Psychology. 96: 83-116.
Amedeo, Douglas with Ruth Ann York. 1990. Indications of Environmental Schemata from Thoughts About Environment. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 10(3): 219-253. Online
Amedeo, Douglas, Pitt, David, and Zube, Erv. 1989. Landscape Feature Classification As A Determinant of Perceived Scenic Value. in Darrel Morrison and Arnold Alanen (eds.) Landscape Journal: Design, Planning, and Management of the Land. 8(1):36-50.
Amedeo, D. & York, R.A. (1988). Affective states in cognitively-oriented person-environment-behavior frameworks. EDRA 19: Proceedings, 203-211.
Amedeo, Douglas with Scott Grabinger. 1988. CRT Text Layout: Perceptions of Viewers. Computers in Human Behavior. 4(3):189-205.
Amedeo, D. & York, R.A., (1984). Grouping in affective responses to environments: Indications of emotional norm influence in person-environment relations. EDRA 15: Proceedings, 193-205.
Amedeo, Douglas and Reginald Golledge.1975. Introduction to Scientific Reasoning in Geography. Geographical Analysis. 9:434-440. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - Wisconsin State - Eau Claire, Economics (1962)
  • MA - University of Iowa, Economic Geography (1965)
  • PhD - University of Iowa, Economic Geography (1967)
  • Post Doctorate - Havard University, School of Design, Study in Regional Design (1968)

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Areas of Interest

  • Person-Environment-Behavior Relationships
  • Environment and Behavior
  • Space's Role in Human Activities and Experience
  • Conceptualizing the Environmental Design Process
  • How Space Rules in the Structuring of Built Environments
  • Geography
  • Human Geography

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