Graphics for Conservation; a new guide
I am pleased to announce the launch of a new online guide to Graphics for Conservation. The aim of the guide is to provide advice on designing maps and data plots, advice on the wise use of graphics formats, and screencast demonstrations to help with drafting beautiful figures.
The use of maps and other figures to present data, findings and related information—to help tell a story—is an integral part of writing for conservation and related sciences. A well designed illustration presents information in a way that text cannot. Many authors struggle, however, to prepare publication quality graphics that do justice to their research and conservation work. This guide grew out of experience advising authors submitting work to Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation and from the journal’s Writing for Conservation workshops for the Conservation Leadership Programme.
The guide includes sections on creating attractive maps and plots, how not to obfuscate the message or purpose of your graphics, using QGIS for creating maps and Veusz for creating data plots, and case studies of both maps and plots. The guide also includes screencast demonstrations, such as the video below, to help guide you through the creative process.
You can view some examples of good conservation graphics in the following articles from Oryx:
- Optimizing conservation policy: the importance of seasonal variation in hunting and meat consumption on the Masoala Peninsula of Madagascar, by Cortni Borgerson
- Declining population of the Vulnerable common hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius in Bénoué National Park, Cameroon (1976–2013): the importance of conservation presence, by Paul Scholte and Emmanuel Iyah
The guide will continue to develop and evolve – two new map case studies have already been added – and we welcome feedback and comments from users.
Graphics for Conservation is published by Fauna & Flora International with the support of The Rufford Foundation. Text, design and graphics by Martin Fisher, with thanks to Cella Carr, Andy Cameron, Maria Luisa de Castro Fisher, Marianne Carter, the team at Scalar, and the helpful members of the QGIS and Veusz mailing lists.