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Tracy Tien

Post-Baccalaureate Spatial Analysis Fellow

Tracy Tien

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Sabin-Reed Hall, 228



B.A., University of Richmond

Tracy Tien is the Post-Baccalaureate Spatial Analysis Fellow in the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab. She provides research and technical support for students and faculty utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and GPS. Prior to joining Smith, her affinity for maps and animals led her to the conservation field, where she helped create geospatial models for land use planning and conservation prioritization.

Tracy is originally from Taiwan (the elusive island of bubble teas and delicate international relations), which fostered her fascination with contested territories and cartography—particularly how maps manifest and mold people’s perception and narratives of occupied space. Her undergraduate capstone examined the ways in which maps articulate territorial disputes and ethnic conflicts in East Asia. The interdisciplinary nature of her studies cultivated critical spatial thinking and she is excited to be involved in the SAL’s innovative work incorporating GIS in the sciences and beyond.


Tabor, Karyn, Jennifer Hewson, Hsin Tien, Mariano González-Roglich, David Hole, and John W. Williams. "Tropical Protected Areas Under Increasing Threats from Climate Change and Deforestation." Land 7, no. 3 (July 28, 2018): 90. doi:10.3390/land7030090.

González-Roglich, Mariano, Jennifer Hewson, Karyn Tabor, Tracy Tien, Leo Saenz, Steve Panfil, Kellee Koenig, and David Hole. "Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change." In Esri Map Book, 30-31. Vol. 33. Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 2018.

Kirsten R. Hazler, Tracy Tien, and Roy Gilb. Virginia ConservationVision: Development Vulnerability Model, 2015 Interim Edition. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, 2016.

Kirsten R. Hazler and Tracy Tien. Virginia ConservationVision: Agricultural Model 2015 Edition. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, 2015.

Professional Affiliations

The Wildlife Society, New England Chapter; Society for Conservation GIS; North American Cartographic Information Society