David Mark (scientist)

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David Mark
David Mark, December 2012
Born October 7, 1947
Residence Buffalo, New York
Nationality Canada
Fields GIScience
Spatial cognition
Institutions Simon Fraser University
University of Ottawa
University of British Columbia
University of Western Ontario
University at Buffalo
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Simon Fraser University
Thesis  (1977)
Doctoral advisor Thomas K. Poiker

David Mark is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo, USA.

David Mark has made several contributions to research and education in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). His current research interests are in human spatial cognition and language.

Education and professional career[edit]

He worked at three universities between 1976 and 1978: Simon Fraser University, University of Ottawa, and University of British Columbia. He was an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Western Ontario from 1978 to 1981. In 1981, he moved to the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo as an Assistant Professor. Mark became to Associate Professor in 1983 and to the rank of Professor in 1987. In 2007, he was conferred with the title of SUNY Distinguished Professor.[1]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

2004 UCGIS Researcher of the Year[2]
2007 SUNY Distinguished Professor[1]
2009 UCGIS Educator of the Year[3]
2010 UCGIS Elected Fellow[4]
2013 Robert T. Aangeenbrug Distinguished Career Award (AAG GIS Specialty Group)

Contributions to GIScience[edit]

David Mark is researches Geographic Information Science (GIScience). He has authored or coauthored more than 225 papers.[5] He researches cognitive and linguistic foundations of how geographic information is conceptualized and used, and also has worked on early algorithms for digital terrain modeling, including the Triangular Irregular Network data model. He created a water flow routing algorithm, which specifies how to eliminate spurious pits from digital elevation models.[6] Mark wrote several papers with Barry Smith on the ontological constraints of geographic categorization. In the early 2000s, Mark and Andrew Turk created the area of study called "Ethnophysiography" to study how language and culture are related to people's naïve conceptualizations of the physical landscape.[7]


  1. ^ a b "SUNY Distinguished Professors 2007". 
  2. ^ "2004 UCGIS Research Award". 
  3. ^ "2009 UCGIS Education Award". 
  4. ^ "UCGIS Elected Fellows". 
  5. ^ Kronenfeld, Barry (2010). Warf, Barney, ed. "Mark, David M. (1947-)". Encyclopedia of Geography (Sage Publications): 1856–1857. doi:10.4135/9781412939591. ISBN 9781412956970. 
  6. ^ Mark, David (1984). "Automated detection of drainage networks from digital elevation models". Cartographica 21 (2–3): 168–178. doi:10.3138/10LM-4435-6310-251R. 
  7. ^ "Ethnophysiography". The Ethnophysiography Project.