Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas

August 2017

1st Place (Atlas) & President's Choice: WLIA 2018

Featured in the Atlas of Design, Volume 4

Honorable Mention: CaGIS 2018 Map Awards

1st Place (Map Series or Atlas), ICA/IMIA Recognition, & Best Cartography: Esri UC 2018

Commended: British Cartographic Society 2018

I was never really sure if I'd ever get to make my own atlas.* I assumed that, as a freelancer, it was not very likely; most of my clients pay me to make one map, or just a few. But, in the spring of 2016 I was contacted by the folks at Audubon Alaska, a conservation organization based in Anchorage, whereupon I began an 15-month adventure. They offered me great masses of ecological data on the waters surrounding Alaska, and we worked together to figure out how to stack layer upon layer of it into some of the most complex representations I've ever had to create. Over a year (and 130+ maps) later, we had a comprehensive overview of the arctic lives of birds, fishes, mammals, and more.

You can read more about the project, and look at free medium-resolution PDF files, on the project's website.

*There are two caveats to this statement: 1) I did co-edit two volumes of the Atlas of Design, but those mostly featured other peoples' works, and so don't really count the same as an atlas of my own maps; 2) I have assembled an atlas-sized collection of river maps that I hope to someday publish, but their simplicity and uniformity makes it feel to me like it "doesn't count" in the same way as the Ecological Atlas.