Matthew Bampton

Chair, Geography and Anthropology; Professor
Matthew Bampton


300 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus

Office Hours

By Appointment Only (email to set up a time)

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5184

Matthew received his Ph.D. at Clark University. He has been teaching at USM since 1992. He teaches Physical Geography, Geography of Maine, GIS courses, and a Summer Field School.


Clark University, Ph.D. in Geography 1992 Dissertation Anthopological Influences on the Geomorphology of the Ebro Delta, Spain 

Clark University, MA in Geography 1990 Concentrations in geomorphology and systems modeling 

Portsmouth Polytechnic, South Hampshire, England. BA in geography 1984 Concentrations in physical geography, philosophy and history

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.

New Publications

What's New?

Ciolfi, M. L., Griffin, E., Pratt, J., Richards, M., Gildard, S., & Byrne, B. (2016). Living with a brain injury in Maine: Individual experiences, perceptions, and need.  Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Lenardson, J. D., Gale, J. A., & Ziller, E. C. (2016). Rural opioid abuse: Prevalence and user characteristics. (PB 63-1). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.

Snow, K. I., Gressani, T., Olsen, L., McGuire, C., Bratesman, S., Mauney, K., & Theriault, J. (2016). Adults using long term services and supports: Population and service use trends in Maine, SFY 2014. (Chartbook). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Talbot, J. A., Ziller, E. C., & Szlocek, D. (2016). Mental health first aid in rural communities: Appropriateness and outcomes. Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12173.

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