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 adapative climate management, environmental and social justice, globalization and situated learning, and sustainable development, among others.
My research focuses on 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 best 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:
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)
I encourage prospective graduate students with interests in cartography and geovisualization to contact me directly with any questions you may have about the programs.