For this assignment you need to (1) hand in your figures electronically and (2) bring them in to class on 10 March for review. (Hand in as a powerpoint, word document, or individual picture files. Do not submit R code and underlying data.)
Each participant must prepare four complex graphics. One figure will be a redrawn version of Figure 2 in Porzio et al. (2010) JEMBE 400:278-287, the other three figures should be based on your own research projects or a topic of your choice. The figures should embody the principles of graphical design learnt during the course and should be suitable for publication in a scientific journal. At least one figure must be in color. The three figures from your own research should contain multiple subplots or panels that are interrelated; the idea should be to condense your project results into a small number of figures, as seen in high-profile journals like Science or Nature. Each figure should be accompanied by a legend containing no more than 150-words.
Your four draft figures will be peer-reviewed in small groups in class at 11:30am on 9 March. Although I call these "draft" figures, I expect you to prepare them to the highest standards final. Imagine that these are figures being submitted with your paper to a scientific journal. Feedback from your classmates will be like the reviewers trying to further perfect your figures.
Notes on the Porzio et al. figure
The figure from Porzio et al. should be redrawn from the original data (given as an Excel spreadsheet) using any plotting method in R; I would encourage you to be creative and to explore alternatives to the kiteplot used in Porzio et al. Note: this is a hard assignment, since the data are complex, the interpretation is difficult, and there are many possible ways to redraw this figure. You will need to carefully read the paper, carefully examine the data, and plan out your figure.
Data to plot for the Porzio figure: Porzio et al 2011 kite diagrams.xlsx.
Paper explaining the data: Porzio etal 2011 Effects of OA on macroalgal communities.pdf