SpreaD3: Interactive Visualization of Spatiotemporal History and Trait Evolutionary Processes

Mol Biol Evol. 2016 Aug;33(8):2167-9. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msw082. Epub 2016 Apr 23.


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.

Keywords: BEAST; Bayesian inference; D3; GeoJSON.; Google Earth; JSON; Java; JavaScript; KML; SPREAD; SpreaD3; phylogenetics; phylogeography; software; visualization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bayes Theorem
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Simulation
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Internet
  • Phenotype
  • Phylogeny
  • Software