Interactive Visualizations

The discipline of biology is bursting at the seams with abstract, complicated concepts. Some topics in biology are tiny, like the random movements of particles through a solution. Others are almost too massive to wrap your head around, like the evolutionary relationships between all of the species on Earth. Animations and interactive visualizations can be a life-saver for struggling biology students and laypeople alike.

For each visualization below I was the lead subject-matter expert and content developer. I brainstormed, researched, storyboarded, selected art, and worked directly with artists and developers to create and hone the final product. Click on the Evolutionary Trees Lab and Diffusion Lab images to try out the interactives. 

Evolutionary Tree Lab
Evolutionary Trees Lab, for Sapling Learning. This HTML5 interactive visualization allows students to manipulate an evolutionary tree, targeting common misconceptions about trees. Users can also build evolutionary trees using DNA sequence similarity information.
Diffusion in Cells Lab
Diffusion in Cells Lab, for Sapling Learning. This HTML5 interactive visualization allows students to experiment with a semi-permeable membrane and different types of transport proteins.

 

Sodium-Potassium Pump Animation. A collaboration with Sara Egner, 3D artist at Sapling Learning