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Tracy Tien

Spatial Data Specialist

Tracy Tien

Contact & Office Hours

Alumnae Gymnasium 311


Subject Specialities:

Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing


B.A., University of Richmond

Tracy Tien works with the Spatial Analysis Lab to engage conventional and novel GIS uses in the Smith community. In addition to providing research and technical support for students and faculty whose work intersects with spatial science, she is refining the accessibility to campus-generated spatial data and the vast collections beyond. 

Tracy is originally from Taiwan (the elusive island of bubble teas and delicate international relations), which fostered her fascination with contested territories and critical cartography — particularly how maps manifest and mold narratives of occupied space. 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.


Exhibition Team

Presentationis & Publications

Kearney, Courtney; Ruhs, Nick; Sedlins, Mara; Tien, Tracy; Trelogan, Jessica; and Watts, John. (2020). GeoTiff Data Curation Primer. Data Curation Network GitHub Repository.

Tien, Tracy and Jon Caris. "Reimaging College Campus Maps." Presented at the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Annual Conference, Tacoma, WA, October 17, 2019.

Tien, Tracy 2018, Map of Puerta de Tierra, map, in Zulawski, A. "Environment, Urbanization, and Public Health: The Bubonic Plague Epidemic of 1912 in San Juan, Puerto Rico." Latin American Research Review 53, no.3 (2018): 500–516.

Tien, Tracy, Jon Caris, and Robert Newton. "So You Built a Multimillion Bathhouse: Assessing the Past, Present, and Future of a Beloved New England Beach Using Drones." Presentation at the Northeast Arc Users Group Fall Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, October 29, 2018.

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 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