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Mike Tischler, Ph.D

Dr. Michael Tischler is the Director of the National Geospatial Program (NGP) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The NGP provides the digital geospatial foundation for the United States, and is responsible for designing, planning, and executing the national topographic mapping program.

Dr. Tischler provides management oversight and direction to the NGP including The National Map, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, the 3D Elevation Program, the National Hydrography Dataset, the US Topo Map Series, research activities performed at the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS), and geospatial data and information in response to natural disasters. Dr. Tischler also serves as the Department of the Interior representative to the Domestic Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Prior to joining the USGS, Dr. Tischler worked as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Geospatial Research Laboratory in Alexandria, VA providing strategic and technical oversight to a variety of basic and applied geospatial research projects.



B.S. - Soil Science, 2000, North Dakota State University

M.S. - Soil and Water Science, 2003, University of Florida

Ph.D - Geospatial and GeoInformation Science, 2015, George Mason University


Professional Experience

Research Scientist, Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Oct. 2002 - June 2004

Research Scientists, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center, June 2004 - Oct 2011

Associate Technical Director, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center, Oct 2011 - Apr 2015

Technical Director (acting), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center, May 2013 - Nov 2013

Director, National Geospatial Program, U.S.G.S., Apr 2015 - present