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Hi Knowledge: interactive visualization tools for a better understanding of science and nature


  • Visualization skills and an interest in ecology, as this project links computer science with ecological research.
  • VL Human-Computer Interaction 1 or VL Data Visualization
Visualization of data and information related to ecology and biodiversity research
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Master of Science (M.Sc.)


This interdisciplinary project aims to develop interactive visualization tools (supervision by HCC lab) with a focus on ecology and biodiversity research, which is the research topic of Jonathan Jeschke’s group Ecological Novelty. Several BSc or MSc theses can be carried out within this project, and particular goals of each thesis will be jointly discussed. Possibilities would, for example, be to:

  1. develop interactive author networks that (a) connect researchers who studied a particular research question or hypothesis and (b) visualize the outcomes of these studies [2] (see Lokatis & Jeschke 2018, link provided below);
  2. develop a visual and straightforward pre-registration tool to advance open science; or
  3. create interactive conceptual maps of research fields, such as restoration ecology or urban ecology.

Hypothesis Network Visualization


[1] Jeschke JM, Lokatis S, Bartram I, Tockner K. 2019. Knowledge in the dark: scientific challenges and ways forward. FACETS 4, 423–441. https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2019-0007

[2] Lokatis S, Jeschke JM. 2018. The island rule: an assessment of biases and research trends. Journal of Biogeography 45, 289–303. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13160

[3] Hi Knowledge - Dive into Science: Links and Publications. https://hi-knowledge.org/links-and-publications