Jennifer Grek Martin


Faculty Profile_Jennifer Grek Martin (214x210)

Email: jgrekmartin@Dal.Ca
Phone: (902) 494-2462
Fax: (902) 494-2451
Mailing Address: 
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University
Rowe Management Building, Suite 4010
6100 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Research Clusters:

  • Information and society (geographic information identity, literature and film studies, social media)
  • Information organisation and representation (data visualization, geographic information systems, geographic representation, social tagging)
  • Human information interaction (geographic information behaviour and use)


  • BA International Relations (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • MSc Geography (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • MLIS (Dalhousie University)


I am fascinated by mental imagery and visualization and how we receive, process, and represent information – particularly geospatial information.  I am also curious about how we use social media to give meaning to places and to ourselves.

I am starting an Interdisciplinary PhD program this fall, where I will explore how people use fantasy film and literature to give meaning to Real World places. This project builds on previous work in Geography, where I researched the role of iconology to understand representations of Hungary in 17th century Dutch atlases, and in Information Management, where I researched how we mentally visualize landscapes in both text and film.

Outside the classroom, I have continued to explore my love for geography and visual representation while developing new skills in information management.  I used a geospatial strategy to organize a collection of photographs for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and I devised a library database and categorization system for an archaeological firm in Ontario.  For many years, I have also worked as a digital cartographer and illustrator.  After moving to Halifax in 2007, I taught introductory geography and cartography classes at Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University and found that teaching allows me to blend my love for learning with my desire to share what I learn with others.

I also enjoy gardening, all things Tolkien, and international folkdance.