I have a long history of creating artwork, websites, and digital tools related to evolutionary biology. Some of my past and current projects include:
- Paleocene, a comic book series telling the story of our ancestors 66 million years ago, shortly after the extinction event that killed off all non-avian dinosaurs.
- PhyloPic, a website storing thousands of free silhouettes of animals, plants, and other life forms. PhyloPic has been used as a resource for numerous scientific papers, technical presentations, and educational materials.
- The Dinosauricon, a popular website from the late 1990s/early 2000s featuring dinosaur information and illustration. (See more.)
- Three Histories of the Human Body, a chapter on human evolution in a volume making the case for evolutionary theory and against creationism, written by former creationists. Three Histories includes numerous diagrams, many of which are generated from detailed data files using a code library I've created called Haeckel.
- Names on Nodes, an application and general methodology for automating phylogenetic nomenclature.
- Parry & Carney: Friends for Life, an online comic strip that ran from 2005 through 2007. (Warning: cartoonish gore.)
So, what is this site?
Patreon is a bit like an online tip jar for creators. You decide some small amount of money that you want to pledge for each piece of work that I create. A piece of work might be:
- A full page of Paleocene.
- A new website feature (most likely for PhyloPic).
- A finished piece of digital 2D artwork.
- A new visualization of data related to evolutionary biology (most likely hominid evolution).
- A new digital tool or digital tool feature, such as a completed version of Haeckel.
- A series of original PhyloPic silhouettes (not vectorizations of preexisting content).
Wait, what if you create a hundred pieces of content a month?I guarantee that I don't have that amount of spare time! (I am a half-time parent with a full-time job, after all.) But, don't worry, Patreon allows you to set monthly caps on donations. And you can cancel your pledge at any time.
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What will you be working on?I can't say entirely for sure, but here are some things at the top of my list:
- Further progress on Paleocene. (Pages are shown to patrons before they're placed on the site.)
- A new, more steamlined version of PhyloPic, and new features, including the ability to create collections of silhouettes (including generated attribution text), automated cladogram creation (enter a Newick string, get a linkable, illustrated cladogram), site optimization, major bug fixes, and, of course, more silhouettes. For more details, see the road map.
- I have some ideas for reconstructions of extinct species.