Dr. Elisabeth Nelson

Associate Professor



Cartographic Perception Cognition


Ph.D., University of South Carolina


Dr. Nelson’s field of specialization is cartography with related research expertise in thematic map design and cartographic perception and cognition.  She has conducted research on visual search processes in map reading, the design of multivariate map symbolization, and the mental representations of maps. Dr. Nelson has been published in Cartographica, Cartographic Perspectives and Cartography and Geographic Information Systems.  She has also co-authored a book chapter on multivariate symbolization in Cartographic Design:  Theoretical and Practical Perspectives. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sigma Xi, University of South Carolina, and San Diego State University

Courses Taught

GEO 121 – Introduction to Geographic Information Science
GEO 357 – Principles of Cartography
GEO 557 – Advanced Cartography
GEO 760 – Research Design