Robert Roth

Position title: Professor and Director of the UW Cartography Lab

Pronouns: he/him


Website: Robert Roth

Science Hall #375
550 N Park St
Madison WI 53706


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.

Press about UW-Madison Cartography:

Courses Taught
I am responsible for the four courses that contribute towards the Cartography portion of the Cartography/GIS programs:

  • Geography 370: Introduction to Cartography
  • Geography 572: Graphic Design in Cartography
  • Geography 575: Interactive Cartography & Geovisualization
  • Geography 970: Seminar in Cartography and GIS

Current Graduate Students (Primary Advisor)
Chelsea Nestel (MS 2016; Current PhD Student)
Alicia Iverson (MS 2019; Current PhD Student)
Gareth Baldrica-Franklin (MS 2022; Current PhD Student)
Dragan Mikulin (Current PhD Student; Co-advised with Joe Salmons)
Atlas Guo (Current PhD Student; Co-advised with Qunying Huang)
Nuzhat Tabassum Nawshin (Current PhD Student)

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)
Meghan Kelly (PhD 2020)
Nick Underwood (MS 2022)

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
Twitter: @RobertERoth