Kate Beard-Tisdale

Kate Beard is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Science and a member of the Spatial Computing faculty group at the University of Maine. She is a research faculty member with the Spatial Data Science Institute which is the successor to the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at UMaine for which she was also a research professor since its inception in 1989. She holds a M.S. (1984) and Ph.D. (1988) from the Institute for Environmental Studies, Land Resources Program, where she specialized in geographic information systems.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1988)
  • M.S. Geographic Information Systems, University of Wisconsin (1984)
  • B.S Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University

Research Interests:

Kate Beard has been conducting research in GIScience research for over 25 years. Her research has covered a range of topics in GIScience including map generalization, data quality and the visualization of spatial data quality, geographic information retrieval, analysis and visualization of spatio-temporal phenomena, and spatio-temporal information integration. Dr. Beard’s current research interests include modeling, analysis and visualization of spatio-temporal phenomena.