As a geographer, I view maps and map-based systems as tools to help solve complex problems that have a prominent geographic component; I therefore am a proponent of both interdisciplinary and applied research in addition to basic science. My own work has had practical applications to crime analysis, emergency response/crisis management, environmental conservation, and spatial epidemiology/public health.
My research focuses on the topics of Cartography, Geovisualization, and Geovisual Analytics with specific emphasis on:
Unlike most American Geography Departments, graduate students attending UW-Madison are able to earn either a Certificate or non-terminal Masters degree in Cartography & GIS. The Cartography Program at UW-Madison historically has been considered among the world's elite and affords many unique opportunities and resources for students pursuing advanced degrees in Cartography, including the UW-Madison Cartography Laboratory, the History of Cartography Project, the Robinson Map Library, and the State Cartographer's Office.
Press about UW-Madison Cartography:
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:
I encourage prospective graduate students with interests in Cartography, Geovisualization, and Geovisual Analytics to contact me directly with any questions you may have about the programs.