Evotis is an online publication that shares stories and news direct from UC Davis One Health Institute. Under the content marketing director, Justin Cox, I was responsible for creating infographics, illustrated diagrams, brochures, and other visual collateral for Evotis and the Wildlife Health Center.
California Black Bear Population
With a population of over 30,000, California's black bear species remains one of the most hunted animals of the West Coast. As a result, data gathered from annual hunted/harvested numbers needed to be represented in a way that indicated which counties contained a larger bear population. Using a California county map svg code that I found on wikipedia, I created an interactive map that displayed each counties harvested bear total during the year 2012. Each county was color-coded based on harvest quantity and the total number for that county would appear in the bottom left corner when the user's cursor hovered over the respective county.
In order to collect population samples, bear hair traps are installed near their habitats. These corrals are pretty intricate and have proven effective in snagging bear hairs for inclusion in the DNA record of the bear population. Using Thinglink, I created an interactive diagram based on my illustration and photos taken at an actual bear hair trap corral.
View the images and the article here.
Southern Resident Killer Whales Infographic
Collaborating with Joe Gaydos of the Seadoc Society, I created an infographic that documented the characteristics, diet, and population of the Southern Resident, an endangered species of killer whale. Due to the whales' habitat being so close to coastal fishing areas, they are more prone to disease, food poisoning, and noise pollution. While the whale population has slowly declines in recent years, additional research and tracking of the newborns and their family pods will hopefully shed some light on ways we can protect their habitat from further deterioration.
View the article here.
California Mountain Lion Family Tree
Down in the Santa Ana Mountains of California, the Interstate 15 Highway divides two groups of mountain lions. In order to maintain healthy offspring, mountain lions are often tracked as they cross the highway into the other region to diversify. However, in the process, some mountain lions are hit and killed by oncoming traffic, while some venture too close to private property and can be legally shot. With urban neighborhoods crossing over the mountain lions' habitat, civilian safety becomes a priority. Working with Winston Vickers of the Southern California Puma Project, assisted me by providing the background on this study as well as data on several male and female mountain lions that they've tracked recently. I used this data to construct a family tree of mountain lions that have mated and are kept close watch over as they pass over the highway to mate with other isolated mountain lion families.
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To promote the UC Davis One Health Institute, I designed a brochure that shares the organizations mission and values. The brochure contains various examples of the juxtaposition of animals, people, and the environment, which use photographs taken from several programs' outreach and research projects. Printed on a 15.75 x 4in cardstock pamphlet, these brochures are convenient to take anywhere the One Health Institute's global projects span.
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, SVG/XML interactivity, an appreciation for American wildlife