Michael Peterson



Michael Peterson

I have been a professor since 1982, teaching courses in geography, cartography, and geographic information systems. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin near the border with Minnesota. For parts of 4th, 7th, and 10th grades, I lived and attended school in southern Germany near the city of Augsburg. After graduating from college, I earned my masters degree at Boston University and my doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo at the age of 27. My first position was as post-doctoral assistant at the University of Zurich in Switzerland from 1981-1982. I have been on the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 1982.

Sabbaticals and leaves have provided the opportunity to teach in other universities for periods of up to a year. I served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1985, a Fulbright Fellow at the Free University Berlin, Germany (1990-91), Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa (1995), Visiting Fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia (1998), Fulbright Fellow at the Technical University of Vienna in Austria (1999), visiting Professor at the University of Applied Technology in Munich, Germany in 1999, 2000, and 2001, and visiting research professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 2004.

I have also been involved in service activities. I was President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and editor of Cartographic Perspectives. At different times, I have been on the editorial boards of Cartographic Perspectives, The Professional Geographer, and Cartography and Geographic Information Systems. I currently chair the Maps and the Internet Commission of the International Cartographic Association.

Articles published include: An Evaluation of Unclassed Choropleth Mapping, Evaluating a Map's Image, Mentale Bilder in der Kartographischen Kommunikation (in German), The Mental Image in Cartographic Communication, Interactive Cartographic Animation, Cognitive Issues in Cartographic Visualization, and Active Legends for Interactive Cartographic Animation.



In Brief

Animated Atlas of Air Traffic
A fascinating collection of air traffic animations.

Maps and the Internet
"With this splendid volume comes a further direction for us to follow." ~ IMCOS, Spring 2004

The Online Method to World Regional Geography
Integrating the Web in a college-level world regional geography course.

Interactive and Animated Cartography
"Peterson argues persuasively that in the future mapping will integrate GIS, remote sensing, and computer graphic techniques with multimedia software and Internet information capabilities.." ~ Cartography & Geographic Information Systems

Omaha Urban Atlas 2002
From the location of theaters to the landscape of Omaha politics, this colorful atlas presents an informative snapshot of the city of Omaha, Nebraska.

The Automated Display of Maps and Images from the Web
A system is described that displays and updates weather maps for public display.

Multimedia Cartography
The explosive development of interactive multimedia products on CD-ROM and the Internet, via the WWW, has generated immense interest in this field.

Interactive and Animated Cartography
This book explores an innovative technology that can free mapping from the expediency of static images and afford through, fully engaging cartographic treatments of geography, history, and earth science. ~ Mark Monmonier