Judy M. Olson

Professor Emerita
Department of Geography
111 Geography Building
East Lansing, Michigan U.S.A. 48824-1117
Office Telephone: (517) 353-8757


My teaching has included GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information (an integrated introduction to cartography, GIS, and remote sensing), GEO 485 Senior Seminar in Geography Education (for geo teaching minors and concentrators), GEO 480 Senior Seminar in Geography (for majors), GEO 426 Thematic Cartography, GEO 463 Quantitative Methods in Geography and Planning, GEO 801 Issues in GISci, and GEO 874 Seminar in Geographic Information Science.  I used to teach GEO 423 Map Production and Design, and I teach other courses on occasion.   I have served as faculty advisor to GeogClub/GTU since 2004.

Research Interests

My primary interests are in geographic information science and cartography.  My work has been in the area of quantitative mapping and the psychology of maps.  Subjects of publications have included: map complexity, two-variable maps, the use of color in mapping, designing maps for people with defective color vision, map projections, and multimedia in geography.  I have enjoyed working with classes on special projects including the development of a tactile map of the MSU campus (for use with the Nomad), development of web products, construction of full-color paper maps, and building our local knowledge of high tech presentation graphics.

Professional Organizations

Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)
American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM)
International Cartographic Association (ICA)
               See also U. S. National Committee for ICA (USNC-ICA)
Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA)
British Cartographic Society (BCS)
National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)
North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS)
American Geographical Society (AGS)
          Michigan Geographic Alliance (MGA)


Ph.D. Geography (1970)   University of Wisconsin--Madison
 M.S. Geography (1968)   University of Wisconsin--Madison
  B.S. Geography (1966)   Wisconsin State University--Stevens Point

Curriculum Vita

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