Somayeh Dodge

My research interests mainly involve developing spatiotemporal analytics, modeling, and visualization techniques to study and understand movement. Our ability to understand movement and its relationship to the environment has major implications for the study of critical societal problems such as the spread of disease, human-wildlife conflicts, environmental change, natural hazards, and global migration. My research contributes to solving these important problems by advancing the knowledge and understanding of how movement patterns are formed in dynamic coupled natural and human systems. Through interdisciplinary research with a primary focus on Movement Ecology and Public Health applications, I aim at developing a broadly applicable analytical framework to unravel how movement patterns of individuals are driven by their behavior, their environment, and their interactions across multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Postdoctorate: computational movement ecology, The Ohio State University, 2013.
  • Postdoctorate: computational movement analysis, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2012.
  • Ph.D.: Geography with specialization in GIScience, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2011.
  • M.S.: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Iran, 2005.
  • B.S.: Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Iran, 2003.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Spatial and spatiotemporal data analysis
  • Geospatial analytics and modeling
  • Agent-based simulation
  • Computational movement analysis
  • Cartography, mapping, and geographic visualization
  • Urban Mobility/Accessibility
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 5513 Advanced Geovisualization
  • GEOG 5563 Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 8294 Spatiotemporal Modeling and Simulation
  • GEOG 1911 Freshman Seminar on Digital Earth
Research & Professional Activities


  • UMN Girls Who Code: Spotlight speaker,
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 01/01/2018 - 06/30/2019