Somayeh DodgeSomayeh Dodge

Assistant Professor
Columbine 2035
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curriculum vitae


  • PhD, Geography/GIScience, University of Zurich, 2011
  • MS, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology, 2005
  • BS, Geomatics Engineering, Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology, 2003

Research Interests:

  • GIScience - methods and applications
  • Applications of GIScience in environmental studies
  • Knowledge discovery methods for spatiotemporal data
  • Movement pattern analysis
  • Behavioral changes and the impacts of environmental change on dynamic processes

Research Projects:

  • Development of dynamic and interactive visualization tools for Movebank
  • Development of the Environmental Data Automated Track Annotation (Env-DATA) System within Movebank (
  • Exploring spatiotemporal patterns within environmental and geographic contexts

Courses Taught:

  • Digital Earth (GES 2050)
  • Internet GIS (GES 4120/5120)
  • Geovisualization (GES 4070/5070)
  • Introduction to GIS (GES 4050/5050)
  • Advanced GIS (GES 4080/5080)

Awards and Honors:

  • 2014: LAS summer student research assistantship awards for the project: "Visualization of Animal Movement and the Environment"
  • 2012: Short Term Scientific Mission, the European COST Action IC0903
  • 2011: Research Fund (Forschungskredit) of the University of Zurich: Personal Postdoctoral Research Grant for the project "CONSIST: CONtext dependent SImilarity Search in Traveler movement"

Selected Publications:

  • Buchin, M., Dodge, S., and Speckmann, B. (under review). Similarity of Trajectories Taking into Account Geographic Context. Journal of Spatial Information Science.
  • Soleymani, A., Cachat, J., Robinson, K., Dodge, S., Kalueff, A., Weibel, R., (in press). Integrating cross-scale analysis in the spatial and temporal domains for classification of behavioral movement. Journal of Spatial Information Science.
  • Dodge, S., Bohrer, G., Bildstein, K., Davidson, S.C., Weinzierl, R., Bechard, M.J., Barber, D., Kays, R., Brandes, D., Han, J., Wikelski, M., (2014). Environmental drivers of variability in the movement ecology of turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) in North and South America. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, May 2014, 369: 20130195; doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0195
  • Dodge, S., Bohrer, G., Weinzierl, R., Davidson, S.C., Kays, R., Douglas, D., Cruz, S., Han, J., Brandes, D., and Wikelski, M., (2013). The Environmental-Data Automated Track Annotation (Env-DATA) System: Linking Animal Tracks with Environmental Data. Movement Ecology, July 2013, Vol. 1:3, BioMed Central Ltd.
  • Buchin, M., Dodge, S., and Speckmann, B. (2012). Context-Aware Similarity of Trajectories. In N. Xiao et al. (Eds.): GIScience 2012, LNCS 7478, pp. 43-56, 2012, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, September 18-21, 2012, Columbus, Ohio. USA.
  • Dodge, S., Bohrer, G., and Weinzierl, R. (2012). MoveBank Track Annotation Project: Linking Animal Movement Data with the Environment to Discover the Impact of Environmental Change in Animal migration, Workshop on GIScience in the Big Data Age 2012, pp. 35-41, Short paper, September 18th, 2012, Columbus, Ohio. USA.
  • Dodge, S., Laube, P., and Weibel, R. (2012). Movement Similarity Assessment Using Symbolic Representation of Trajectories. International Journal of Geographic Information Science. Volume 26, Issue 9, pages 1563-1588, Taylor & Francis.
  • Dodge, S., Weibel, R. & Forootan, E. (2009). Revealing the physics of movement: Comparing the similarity of movement characteristics of different types of moving objects. Journal of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Volume 33, Issue 6, November 2009, pages 419-434.
  • Dodge, S., Weibel, R., and Laube, P. (2009). Exploring movement - similarity analysis of moving objects. ACM GIS SIGSPATIAL Special 1, 3 (Nov. 2009), 11-16.
  • Dodge, S., Weibel, R. & Lautenschütz, A.-K. (2008). Towards a Taxonomy of Movement Patterns. Journal of Information Visualization, Vol. 7, pp 240-252.

Outreach and Service:

  • Organizer of the GIScience workshop on Analysis of Movement (
  • Organizer of the AAG GIS Specialty Group Student Paper Competition
  • GIS Instructor for the Windsor High School GIS professional development workshop organized by the Colorado Geographic Alliance (28 May 2014).
  • Elected Academic Councilor of the AAG GISS Specialty Group
  • Scientific Secretary and member of ISPRS Technical Commission II, Working Group II/8: "Mobility: tracking, analysis and communication"
  • Member, developer, and researcher of Movebank (