Kitty Currier

geographer⋅sailor⋅kite flier



  • (2018) Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Dissertation: Mapping Perspectives for Environmental Planning [pdf]
    Adviser: Keith Clarke
  • (2011) Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Thesis: Auditory Representation in Spatial Applications [pdf]
    Co-advisers: Michael Goodchild and Keith Clarke
  • (2004) Department of Biology (Minor in Archaeology), Stanford University
    Conferred with distinction

Refereed journal articles & book chapters

Illustrated papers

2013 illustrated paper Mapping with strings attached
2011 illustrated paper Documenting coral reefs with "Immersive" video (2011)
2010 illustrated paper Sound cues in geographic representation (2010)

Selected Presentations

  • Pendapat tentang Bahasa Indonesia dari seorang pelajar pemula (Opinions on the Indonesian language from a beginning student). Academic seminar, Fakultas Bahasa & Seni, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia, 23 Oct. 2016
  • Kite aerial photography for coastal environmental monitoring. Workshop organized by Balai Pengelolaan Sumberdaya Pesisir dan Laut - Denpasar, Coral Triangle Center, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, 6 Aug. 2016
  • Mapping with kite aerial photography. MS GIS Colloquium, University of Redlands, CA, 21 May 2014
  • Geodesigning ‘from the inside out.’ Geodesign Summit Europe, Herwijnen, Netherlands, 19-20 Sep. 2013 [video]
  • Shipshaping and Fiafia (or, How I became a geographer). spatial@ucsb Lightning Talks, UCSB, CA, 27 Feb. 2013 [video]
  • Auditory representation in geographic and spatial applications. AAG Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 14 Apr. 2011 [abstract]
  • Beyond Street View: Documenting coral reefs with ‘Immersive’ video. WhereCamp SoCal, San Diego State University, CA, 17 Jul. 2010 [video]
  • Planetary Coral Reef Foundation’s Google Earth-Ocean Demonstration Project. Raffles Marina, Singapore, 13 Aug. 2008

Awards & Grants

  • Boren Fellowship, 2016
  • Women Divers Hall of Fame Honorable Mention Award in Graduate Conservation, 2015
  • David S. Simonett Memorial Award, Department of Geography, UCSB, 2015
  • UCSB Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Award, 2014
  • UCSB Associated Students Coastal Fund grant funding project “Exploring the UCSB coast with kite aerial photography”, 2014
  • David S. Simonett Memorial Award, Department of Geography, UCSB, 2012
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention, 2011
  • Student Assistant, Esri International User Conference, San Diego, CA, 2010
  • NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) scholarship to attend the Vespucci Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science, Florence, Italy, 2010
  • Regents Special Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009-2014
  • Google Earth-Ocean Demonstration Project featured in Google Earth Ocean Gallery, 2008
  • GeoEye Foundation Imagery Grant, providing IKONOS satellite images to Planetary Coral Reef Foundation, 2007
  • NCAA Pac-10 Women’s Track and Field All-Academic First Team, Stanford University, 2002-2004



Fun stuff


Places gallery Places
Locals gallery Locals
Voyaging gallery Voyaging
Kite aerial photography gallery Kite Aerial Photography
GigaPan mosaic of kite aerial photographs, Durai Island, Anambas Islands, Indonesia (2011)
GigaPan mosaic of kite aerial photographs, University of California, Santa Barbara (2014)

Interactive Maps

Durai Island map Durai Island, Indonesia
UCSB economic map Economic Terrain of UCSB
Google Earth KMZ Planetary Coral Reef Foundation Google Earth-Ocean Demo Project


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  • Kitty Currier
    Department of Geography
    1832 Ellison Hall
    UC Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060