Data Visualization

Project Description

Though many people have been working with data visualization and there has been some discussion for some time, on March 12, 2018 a scoping meeting was held to assess interest and gather ideas for a PNAMP work group. The work group determined that our goals are to have organizations learn from each other, share lessons learned as we develop data visualization tools with accessible data for multiple audiences and explore how to develop data visualizations.

This working group provides an opportunity to explore current issues of data visualization for fish and wildlife data. We are building a library of resources - see the resources document here: There are additional resources, recordings of the presentations, and literature here:

Contact Sheryn Olson at if you would like more information or if you wish to participate in the work group.

Project Team

Initial members: Denise Kelsey, CRITFC and Keith Dublanica, WA GSRO; co-leaders. Sheryn Olson, PNAMP/USGS facilitator.

These were first members, but the workgroup has expanded to include 65 members and counting.
Mike Banach (StreamNet), Katie Barnas (NOAA), Bill Bosch (YN), Kasey Bliesner (ODFW), Evan Brown (IDFG), Tim Copeland (IDFG), Brodie Cox (WA DFW), Monica Diaz (NOAA), Scott Donahue (BPA), Ken Fetcho (OWEB), Leska Fore (WA PSP), Van Hare (StreamNet), Audrey Hatch (ODFW), Lance Hebdon (IDFG), Jay Hesse (Nez Perce Tribe), Tom Iverson (Yakama Nation), Jack Johnson (WA Ecology), Jennifer Johnson (FWS), Ryan Kinzer (Nez Perce Tribe), Chantell Krider (WA Recreation and Conservation Office-RCO), Nancy Leonard (NPCC), Brian Maschhoff (Exelearn), Mitchell Mumma (USBR), Niamh O'Rourke (WA ecology), Stacy Polkowske (WA DFW), Dan Rawding (WA DFW), Colleen Roe (CRITFC), Russell Scranton (BPA), Michelle Steg-Geltner (Yakama Nation Fisheries), Chris Wheaton (StreamNet), Mari Williams (NOAA). PNAMP/USGS: Jen Bayer, Sam Cimino, Meg Dethloff, Amy Puls, Becca Scully.

The group welcomes new members.


Working Group Presentations

October 15, 2018 - 8:20am

In the upcoming meeting on Oct. 18, we have two presentations:
Data Visualization Tools and Dashboards for Fish and Wildlife Data
Presenter: Jon Walker,, GIS specialist, ICF


Data Driven Decision Making with Visualization
Presenter: Joe Kirby,, IT – Enterprise Information Architect, Missouri Department of Conservation

Our August speaker was Alison Appling, with co-authors Lindsay Carr, Jordan Read of the Water Mission Area’s Data Science Branch, USGS. Amplifying USGS science with timely and digestible data visualizations.

July 19, 2018. John Arterburn presented a live demonstration of the Habitat status and trend results for the Methow: Report Card and Fish data results on the Okanogan Monitoring. Links to the sites are in the notes for the July meeting.

Nancy Leonard presented at the June meeting: Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Data Visualization Tools, developed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council with partners.

In May we were shown progress on the Conceptual BPA Data Visualization by Russell Scranton, BPA, and Brian Maschoff, Exelearn

Featured in April were presentations by two developers of data visualization:

Michelle Steg-Geltner, for Yakama Nation Fisheries; and

Chantell Krider, for Washington State Governor's Salmon Recovery Office (WA GSRO) contractor, and in collaboration with the Puget Sound Partnership.

Download these slide presentations and meeting notes in the documents list below.

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