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UO Geography welcomes Joanna Merson to the InfoGraphics Lab

The InfoGraphics Lab and the Department of Geography are excited to welcome our newest member, Joanna Merson. Joanna joined the InfoGraphics Lab as a Cartographic Web/ Mobile Applications Developer. Her primary duties are to design and build web/mobile mapping and other spatial data applications to support academic activities, both for InfoGraphics projects and in collaboration with UO faculty. She will also be teaching in the Geography and Spatial Data Science and Technology curricula.

Joanna is currently completing her dissertation Mapping Movement: Exploring Animated Representations of Dynamic Data in Cartography” Her research focuses using animation techniques to engage users. Joanna believes that engaging maps can be communicative, memorable, and thus powerful visualization tools. She enjoys the collaborative design process, helping domain experts identify new ways to communicate their data, and is eager to explore data and mapping possibilities within the UO community.

Her skills include a foundation in geographic principles, spatial thinking, and user-driven visualization techniques, web cartography, and GIScience instruction. We look forward to her contributions to the Geography and new Spatial Data Science and Technology curricula.

Joanna comes to Eugene from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She is looking forward to all the outdoor activities available in the Eugene-Springfield area. She is an avid rock climber and hiker and is excited about our community’s bicycle infrastructure.