Miriam Olivares is the GIS Librarian at Yale University Library. With 19 years of geospatial experience, she coordinates GIS support services in higher education. At Yale, and previously at Texas A&M University, she connects experts and teaches and consults GIS, thus enabling others’ geospatial power to promote teaching and cutting-edge research. She was featured in the book Women and GIS: Mapping their Stories, has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has participated in binational GIS panels, and collaborated in projects based in Australia, North and Central America, and recently in Somalia. Her collaborations include interdisciplinary research concerning GIScience, crime analysis, natural hazards, and marine conservation, among other subjects.
Ms. Olivares is a member of the board of directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. She co-founded and serves as the international chair for GIS LATAM and is a fellow of the Yale Timothy Dwight College. She previously served as a member of the board of directors of New Haven-based Junta for Progressive Action and as co-chair of Yale Women in Tech.