Michael P. Peterson is a Professor in the Department of Geography / Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1976), his M.A. from Boston University (1978) and Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Buffalo (1982). He was a Post-Doctoral Assistant at the University of Zürich, Switzerland in 1981-82 and subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 1982 where he has taught courses in world regional geography, cartography, computer mapping, remote sensing and geographic information systems.
Dr. Peterson has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1985, a Fulbright Fellow at the Free University Berlin, Germany (1990-91), Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa (1995), Visiting Fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia (1998), Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna in Austria (1999, 2011), and Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Technology in Munich, Germany in 1999, 2000, 2001, visiting research fellow at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 2004, Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2012, Visiting Professor at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China and Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Science, Urumqi, China. He is past-President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and former editor of Cartographic Perspectives. He has also served as member of the Editorial Board of Cartographic Perspectives, The Professional Geographer, and Cartography and Geographic Information Science. He chaired the Maps and the Internet commission of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) from 1999-2011 and is former chair of ICA’s Publication Committee.
His book publications include Interactive and Animated Cartography (1995), Multimedia Cartography (1999), Maps and the Internet (2003), Animated Atlas of Air Traffic over North America (2006), International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet (2007), Online Maps with APIs and Webservices (2012), and Mapping in the Cloud (2014). Articles include Evaluation of Unclassed Choropleth Mapping, Evaluating a Map's Image, Mentale Bilder in der Kartographischen Kommunikation (in German), The Mental Image in Cartographic Communication, Interactive Cartographic Animation, Cognitive Issues in Cartographic Visualization, Active Legends for Interactive Cartographic Animation, North American Animated Flight Atlas, Research Challenges in Internet Cartography, Trends in Internet and Ubiquitous Cartography, Taking Cartography into the Cloud, Mapas a partir de la Web y de los moviles (Spanish), Cartographie Web et mobile (French) and The Meaning of Mapping in the Cloud.