Sarah Battersby is a Senior Research Scientist at Tableau Software. Sarah received her MA (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) in Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her primary research interest is in GIScience, with an emphasis on cognition. Specifically she focuses on identifying ways in which we can make the process of communicating visual spatial information clearer and more efficient. Her recent research covers a variety of topics, including perception in dynamic map displays, the development of spatial thinking skills, the role of GIS in education, and distortion in cognitive maps. In addition to her work with CaGIS, Sarah is a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, and is an active participant in the International Cartographic Association Commission on Map Projections. Sarah has been a member of CaGIS since 2001.