Dr. David M. Mark


Department of Geography
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Buffalo, NY 15261, USA

David M. Mark is a Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, and is the Director of the Buffalo site of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). Mark received his BA (1970) and Ph.D. (1977) in geography from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and his Master’s degree (1974) from the University of British Columbia. Mark is Project Director of the University at Buffalo’s NSF-funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) project in Geographic Information Science, a project with 23 active doctoral level trainees. He also is a member of UB’s Center for Cognitive Science.

David Mark has written or co-authored more than 240 publications, including 83 refereed articles, 7 edited books, 23 book chapters, 66 conference proceedings articles, and more than 40 technical reports. He has made about 250 academic presentations, almost three-quarters at professional meetings, and the others as invited talks at universities and government agencies. Mark was involved in the founding of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and later served as President of the UCGIS (1998); he laos has Chair the UCGIS Research and Membership committees and represented UCGIS at two AGILE conferences. Previously, Mark served as Vice-chair (1987-88) and Chair (1988-89) of the Geographic Information Systems Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. He also has served on numerous international editorial boards and program committees, and was program co-chair for Auto Carto 10 (1991), COSIT’99, GIScience 2000 and GIScience 2002. Mark teaches mostly at the post-graduate level, teaching courses on Introduction to GI Science, Cognitive Geography, and Geographic Information and Society.

Mark’s research interests focus on many aspects of geographic information science, notably geospatial ontology, spatial cognition and language, history of geographic information systems, human-computer interaction, digital elevation models, and computer mapping. Recently he has proposed a new research field, “ethnophysiography,” that aims to document and define landscape terminology in different cultures, and is working with indigenous people in Australia and New Mexico to try to understand how they conceptualize the landscape and how those concepts can be represented in GIS. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and other agencies, and he has served on several advisory panels at NSF.

He has seen 2.917 different species of birds, including 1.250 species in the year 2002.