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 (media studies, print and manuscript history, geographic information)
  • Information organisation and representation (geographic information systems, data and information visualization, representations of place and identity)
  • Human information interaction (geographic information behaviour and use, perceptions of place and identity, memory)


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


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

I am completing an Interdisciplinary PhD, in which I explore why and 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 in representations of Hungary in 17th century Dutch atlases, and in Information Management, where I researched how we visualize landscapes in both text and film. This research led me to participate in two international film research surveys: The World Hobbit Project and the Game of Thrones Project (a.k.a. ‘Questeros’).

Prior to joining SIM, I used a geospatial strategy to organize a collection of photographs for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and 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 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.