To explore new dimensions of science communication and data visualization, the Bowker Lab group is now developing informative web apps for a few of our research efforts. These are now located under the 'Web Apps' tab at the top of the page. Currently, we are featuring biocrust survey data from our MPG partnership: http://bowkerlab.blogspot.com/p/web-apps.html.
Each of our survey points, to date, is represented on the map, and you can click on the points to reveal the species composition, with links to photos of each species. You can also explore the effects of environmental gradients, visualized as differing colors, on measures of biodiversity, depicted as dot size.
We hope that these data exploration tools will get more folks excited about biocrusts, and, in this case, assist land managers in conservation efforts!