David Mark, MA ’70, PhD ‘77, geography
Helping to establish an entire discipline would be a pretty amazing feat for any academic. David Mark did it twice. An SFU charter student, Mark is currently a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Buffalo.
He was one of the pioneering academics that helped develop Geographic Information Science (GIS) and recently kick-started another groundbreaking field called ethnophysiography. This field examines how language and culture are related to people’s native conceptualizations of the physical space.