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Sarah E. Battersby

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Geography
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: (803) 777-5729
Office: Callcott, Room 325
Sarah E. Battersby


Dr. Battersby is an Associate Professor in the Geography Department at the University of South Carolina. Sarah received her MA (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) in Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Sarah is an active member of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Cognitive Visualization, is cartographic editor for the Journal of Geography, serves on the editorial board for Cartographic Perspectives, is on the Board of Directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and is the Vice President for the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS).


Sarah's primary research field is Geographic Information Science (GIScience), with specialization in cognitive cartography and visualization. Her research emphasizes theories and tools for visualizing information, cognitive research in the role of visualization in problem solving, as well as applications to problems in the hazards- and health-domains. Her recent research covers a variety of topics, including perception in dynamic map displays, the development of spatial thinking skills, the role of GIS in education, and distortion in cognitive maps.


GEOG 337: PsychoGeography
GEOG 341: Cartography
GEOG 495: Senior Seminar
GEOG 542: Dynamic Cartography
GEOG 841: Seminar in Cartography

Representative Publications 

Battersby, S.E., M.E. Hodgson, and J. Wang. (2012)  Spatial resolution imagery requirements for identifying structure damage in a hurricane disaster: A cognitive approach. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 78(6): 625-635.

Battersby, S.E., and F.C. Kessler. (2012) Cues for interpreting distortion in map projections. Journal of Geography 111: 93-101.

Battersby, S.E., and K.P Goldsberry. (2010) Considerations in design of transition behaviors for dynamic thematic maps. Cartographic Perspectives 65: 16-32.

Goldsberry, K.P., and S.E. Battersby. (2009) Issues of change detection in animated choropleth maps. Cartographica 44(3): 201-215. 

Battersby, S.E., and D.R. Montello. (2009)  Area estimation of world regions and the projection of the global-scale cognitive map. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 99(2): 273-291.

Golledge, R., M. Marsh, and S.E. Battersby. (2008) A conceptual framework for facilitating geospatial thinking. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98(2): 285-308.