Somayeh Dodge

Assistant Professor of GIScienceSomayeh Dodge
Geospatial Lab Director
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

About me:

I serve as assistant professor and GIScience Lab Director at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. My research mainly involves analysis and modeling of movement patterns in relation to the environment and underlying geographic context. Previously, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, at The Ohio State University. Prior to that I worked at the GIScience Center of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where I completed my PhD studies in GIScience.

As a part of my research to date, I have developed analytical methods, simulations, and visualization approaches for exploring similarities and patterns in movements of dynamic agents (e.g. humans, vehicles, animals) and spatiotemporal processes (e.g. hurricanes). My research has been published in international journals such as Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, International Journal of Geographic Information Science (IJGIS), Movement Ecology, Information Visualization, and Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.

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Research Interests:

GIScience, spatiotemporal simulation models, computational spatiotemporal analytics, movement pattern analysis, dynamic processes, visualization of spatiotemporal phenomena


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

Contact Information:

Office: 2035 Columbine Hall
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
tell: (719) 255 - 4025