Spanish researchers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the Technology and Digital Art University Center, and Francisco de Vitoria University have published an open source software tool called BipartGraph that allows users to identify endangered plant species through data visualizations. The tool uses graphs and spatial clustering to visualize an ecosystem’s network of interactions, such as the interactions between pollinators and plants, which can help researchers better understand how species rely on each other and identify species at risk of endangerment. Ecologists can also use the tool to visualize how factors such as rising temperatures or habitat destruction affect a species.
Visualizing Links Between Species
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked at Oracle and held internships at USA TODAY and in local government. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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