SpreaD3: Interactive visualization of spatiotemporal history and trait evolutionary processes

Filip Bielejec*, Guy Baele, Bram Vrancken, Marc A Suchard, Andrew Rambaut, Philippe Lemey

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Model-based phylogenetic reconstructions increasingly consider spatial or phenotypic traits in conjunction with sequence data to study evolutionary processes. Alongside parameter estimation, visualization of ancestral reconstructions represents an integral part of these analyses. Here, we present a complete overhaul of the spatial phylogenetic reconstruction of evolutionary dynamics software, now called SpreaD3 to emphasize the use of data-driven documents, as an analysis and visualization package that primarily complements Bayesian inference in BEAST (http://beast.bio.ed.ac.uk, last accessed 9 May 2016). The integration of JavaScript D3 libraries (www.d3.org, last accessed 9 May 2016) offers novel interactive web-based visualization capacities that are not restricted to spatial traits and extend to any discrete or continuously valued trait for any organism of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2167-2169
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Biology and Evolution
Issue number8
Early online date23 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Bayesian inference
  • D3
  • GeoJSON
  • Google Earth
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • JSON
  • KML
  • phylogenetics
  • phylogeography
  • software
  • SpreaD3
  • visualization


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