About me


I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, Environmental, and Society at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I teach advanced GIS, spatial analysis, and geographic visualization courses. My research mainly involves developing spatiotemporal analytics, modeling, and visualization techniques to study dynamic phenomena such as human mobility, animal migration, and hurricane patterns. I am interested to investigate patterns of movement of humans and animals in relation to their environment and geographic contexts. Previously, I worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Prior to that I completed two postdoctoral research projects at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, at The Ohio State University and the GIScience Center of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where I completed my PhD studies in GIScience.

Professional Experiences:

  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  • Editorial Board of the UCGIS Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge, since May 2016.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), 2014 – 2016.
  • Geospatial Lab Director, UCCS, 2014 – 2016.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, UCCS, 2013 – 2014.


  • Postdoc – Computational Movement Ecology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2012-2013
  • Postdoc – Computational Movement Analysis, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2011-2012
  • PhD (Dr. sc. nat.) – Geography with specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIScience), University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2011.
  • MSc – Geographic Information Systems Engineering, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2005.
  • BSc – Geomatics Engineering, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2003.

Contact Information:

Email: sdodge[AT]umn.edu