Tom Carlson

Tom is the National Map Liaison for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  He serves as the Operations Officer for the USGS Geospatial Information Response Team.


History & Highlights

As a National Map Liaison for the USGS I manage the National Geospatial Program activities in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.


I received my Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis in 2003, and both my Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science in Geography from Portland State University in 1997 and 1995, respectively.

Areas of Expertise

I am a broadly trained Physical Geographer with an interest in using Geospatial Technologies for hazards modeling, emergency management and for landscape change studies.


Biogeography, landscape ecology, environmental modeling, GIS, remote sensing, mountain geography, coastal ecosystems, climatology, research, project development and management.