Nomads of the Deep

The Untold Story of the Arctic Abyss

Tags: writing maps

Science regularly produces results, but it’s not always easy to translate those results to a non-scientific audience. In 2018 I was hired by the Hussey Lab in partnership with WWF Canada to create a beautiful and compelling story that showcased the lab’s recent important work on Greenland halibut migration.

The clients asked for a way to use mapmaking to highlight the lab’s animal movement research, which ultimately resulted in a major policy change and conservation win in the Canadian Arctic. I suggested that ArcGIS StoryMaps may be a compelling way to share the research, as the research itself has a heavy spatial component, and the clients agreed. The result was The Nomads of the Deep: The Untold Story of the Arctic Abyss, published on the ArcGIS StoryMaps platform. I wrote the text and created the content within the story.

My favorite part? WWF Canada reached out to a translation service in Nunavut and had the StoryMap translated into Inuktitut. ᑐᓐᖓᓱᒋᑦ ᐸᓐᓂᖅᑑᑉᐃᑭᖓᓄᑦ!

The above StoryMap has been updated since publication in order to fit the latest available template from ArcGIS. The original StoryMap as it was published in 2018 is still available here.

Halibut, the main focal species of this research. From: ‘Our country’s fishes and how to know them: a guide to all the fishes of Great Britain’