I teach and research the design of interactive, online, and mobile maps. As a geographer, I view maps and mapping technologies as tools to help solve complex geographic problems, and I therefore am a proponent of both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in addition to basic research in cartography and visualization. Recent collaborative projects include intersections of cartography with climate change and adaptive climate management, environmental and social justice, globalization and situated learning, and sustainable development, among others.

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  • PhD: Geography—Penn State University
  • MS: Cartography & GIS—University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS: Cartography & GIS—University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Areas

My research focuses on Cartography, Geovisualization, and Geovisual Analytics with specific emphasis on:

  • interactive & web-based mapping
  • human-computer interaction & UI/UX (user interface/user experience) design
  • user-centered design & usability engineering processes
  • visual storytelling & data journalism
  • collaborative and community-engaged mapping

I encourage you to visit my Publications and Presentations pages to view my work; most resources are available as open pdfs.

Courses Taught

I am responsible for the four courses that contribute towards the Cartography portion of the Cartography/GIS programs; past syllabi and student final projects can be viewed on the course homepages:

Current Graduate Students (Primary Advisor)

Gareth Baldrica-Franklin
Alicia Iverson
Chelsea Nestel
Nick Underwood

Past Graduate Students

Marty Elmer (MS 2012)
Carl Sack (MS 2013; PhD 2018)
Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel (MS 2014)
Brian Davidson (MS 2014)
Rashauna Mead (MS 2014)
Richard Donohue (PhD 2014)
Caroline Rose (MS 2015)
Robin Tolochko (MS 2016)
Kristen Vincent (MS 2017)
Zihan Song (MS 2017)
Ross Thorn (MS 2018)
Leanne Abraham (MS 2019)
Adrian George (MS 2020)

Perspective Students

I encourage prospective graduate students with interests in cartography and geovisualization to contact me directly with any questions you may have about the programs.

Contact Information

Robert Roth, PhD
Office: 375 Science Hall
Email: reroth@wisc.edu
Twitter: @RobertERoth