Matthew Bampton

Chair, Geography and Anthropology; Professor

Office Location

300 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5184

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Geography, Clark University
  • MA in Geography, Clark University
  • BA in Geography, Portsmouth Polytechnic, South Hampshire, England


Matthew has been teaching at USM since 1992. He teaches Physical Geography, Geography of Maine, GIS courses, and a Summer Field School.


Courses Taught
Physical Geography and Lab 
Geography of Maine 
GIS 1 
GIS 2 
GIS 3 
Summer Field School - an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Research Interests

Matthew's research centers on GIS education for undergraduates. This effort is supported by two recent NSF awards, Creating and Implementing a Concept Inventory-Based Diagnostic Tool to Improve Undergraduate GIS Education, and A New Collaborative Model for Geospatial Technology Education and Workforce Studies in a Rural Region.

This work is a collaborative effort, and involves faculty from throughout Maine, including T. Johnson (UMM), J. Szakas (UMA), C. Wang (UMPI), D. Hobbins (UMFK), and C. McAnneny, B. Dearden and M. McCourt (UMF).

His long-term NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Program also continues.Most recently he started collaborating with Maine Medical Center on the National Children’s Study: a multi-year study that will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21.

Recent Publications

Swanson, M. & Bampton, M.  2009. Integrated Digital Mapping InGeologic Field Research: An Adventure-Based Approach To Teaching New Geospatial Technologies In An REU-Site Program.”. GSA Special Paper on Field Geology Education.

Harris, D. Bampton, M., Mosher, R., Gupta, S., & McAnneny, C. 2006. "GIS-based Analysis of Harp and Hooded Seal Sighting Locations On Shore In The Southern Gulf of Maine". Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics.

Steinberg, M., Height, C., Mosher, R., and Bampton, M. 2006. "Mapping massacres: GIS and state terror in Guatemala". Geoforum, 37: 1: 62-68

Bampton, M. 2002. Deforestation and Siltation: A Historical and Ecological Look. Cross-Grained and Wiley Waters: A Guide to the Piscataqua Maritime Region. Randall, Portsmouth.

Bampton, M. 2002. Linking Location and Space to Process using Precision Mapping. Archeologia e Calcolatori 13:171-178

Bampton, M. & *Mosher, R. 2000. A GIS Driven Regional Database of Archaeological Resources for Research and CRM in Casco Bay, Maine. InComputing Archaeology for Understanding the Past: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 28th CAA Conference, Lubljana April 2000. 139-142. Co-authored with Rosemary Mosher.

Bampton, M. 1999. From Social Conflict to Environmental Change: Colonial Forestry’s Impact on New England’s Piscataqua Drainage Basin.Historical Geography. 27:193-211.