Eric Tate

University Fellow

Eric Tate is an associate professor with the University of Iowa’s Geographical and Sustainability Sciences department. He studies the relationship between social vulnerability and natural disasters, with a particular eye toward analyzing flood risk and vulnerability factors. His work at present focuses on evaluating social equity in disaster mitigation and recovery spending, assessing indicators of vulnerability and risk, and analyzing uncertainty and sensitivity in geospatial models. Among other appointments, Tate sits on the Mapping Science Committee at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides advice to scholars on geospatial research.


  • PhD in Geography, University of South Carolina
  • MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • BS in Environmental Engineering, Rice University