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Carolyn Fish

Assistant Professor of Geography

University of Oregon

Broadly my research falls at the intersection of cartography and environmental communication.


I study how we can effectively communicate climate change through maps. Maps are one of the primary ways in which scientists and the media both communicate climate change, albeit with different audiences. These visual devices are central to understanding the science and impacts of climate change as well as the potential mitigation strategies. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis to illustrate how the media and scientists create and design maps that balance communication and scientific accuracy. 

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Check out my CartoFish lab page & contact me if you would like to get involved. I am always interested in having more undergraduate students and always welcome applicants for our grad program!

At the University of Oregon, I teach:

  1. Data Driven Cartography (GEOG 393)

  2. GIScience I (GEOG 4/581)

  3. Advanced Cartography (GEOG 493/593)

  4. Geospatial Project Design (GEOG 498). 

  5. Seminar in GIScience (GEOG 607)

  6. Our Digital Earth (GEOG 181)



I am currently the UO Geography Colloquium Chair. 

I am the Secretary/Treasurer for the Cartography Specialty Group of the AAG. 

I am the Vice Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission for the International Cartographic Association. 

I am also an active member in the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). 

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