portfolio STEPHANIE CASTLE
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I am a communications specialist with a strong scientiﬁc background and a creative eye. I specialize in producing beautiful visuals from raw data, with expertise in infographics and print design. Entirely self-taught, I am constantly looking for innovative approaches to design and ways to improve my skill set, currently focusing on improving my web design skills and website management. With nearly ten years of experience, working in small team and individual settings, I have a proven track record of success in the ﬁeld of science communications. Why a ﬂying pig? Because the world needs more nerd-artists who shoot for the stars.
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LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM CO M M U NI C AT I ONS OFFIC E R Compiles data into publicly accessible formats; writes reports and articles, develops maps, infographics and GIS tools; manages website and online management plan
F R E E LA NC E GR APHIC D ESIGNE R
BOSTON COLLEGE R ESEA RC H E R / OUT R EAC H PROFESS IONA L Conducted research on a Maine river by analyzing post-dam impacts using remote sensing, LiDAR, radiocarbon dating and hydraulic modeling; Facilitated undergraduate advising and community outreach
USGS B I O LO G I C A L SC I E NC E T EC H NIC IAN
H A RVA R D U N I V E RS I T Y R ESEA RC H A SSI STANT
GEOSCIENCES+GIS BOSTON COLLEGE
E N V I R O N M E N TA L S C I E N C E FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL
2015 VISUALIZED Data Visualization Workshop 2015 COURSERA d3.js 2014 Champlain College Website Design 2013 UVM Advanced GIS Practicum 2012 UVM Environmental Journalism
THE GUND INSTITUTE W E B / P RI NT GRA P HIC
I was asked by local partners to compile research from a recent report and make it accessible to a lay audience. I worked directly with the researchers to develop this graphic, which was released concurrently with the press release for the report. It was shared on the web and through social media, leading to an increase in web traďŹƒc for both sponsoring institutions.
the economic impact of clean water Water quality in Lake Champlain is a key economic driver, supporting tourism, property values and employment. A decrease in lake water quality could result in long-lasting negative impacts to the regional economy. Secchi disk depth measures the clarity of water, which is an indicator of how clean the water is.
higher seasonal room rates for towns with lake-dependent tourism*
average clear water depth
37% seasonal homes
increase in home values if water quality standards are met
water quality improves New water quality standards require a reduction in total phosphorus which would mean a increase in secchi disk depth
3% year-round homes
water quality decreases
2015 declines in property values cost Saint Albans Town
10 Full-Time Jobs=
in lost tax revenue
* Projected Impacts with a 3 ft (1 m) decrease in water clarity
Data based on An Assessment of the Economic Value of Clean Water in Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain Basin Program
Read the full report here:
Lake Champlain generates
$300 million in VT tourism every year
LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM W E B / P R I N T GR A P H I C
Now in its tenth year of operation, the boat launch steward program is one of the most successful invasive species campaigns in New England. Ten stewards collect thousands of lines of data and it was my job to summarize this information succinctly so the public would understand the results of one yearâ€™s worth of information, as well as the bigger picture: Invasive Species Spread Through People! This graphic was posted on the LCBP website and shared via partners and social media.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM
CLIMATE CHANGE AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ADAPTATION MORE ANNUAL RAINFALL
WE B / PRI NT GRA P HIC LARGER STORMS
This graphic was part of a larger project I directed, investigating the impacts of climate change on local stormwater management. This graphic was intended to be released as a teaser infographic, and can stand alone on the website and social media. It has also been printed in mass and distributed at outreach events.
LONGER RAINY SEASONS
RAIN ON FROZEN GROUND
INCREASED RISK OF FLOODING RESULTS IN
GREEN ROOFS TREE PLANTINGS AND SILVA CELLS
RAINBARRELS RESTORED WETLANDS
BUILDING OUTSIDE THE FLOOD HAZARD ZONE PERVIOUS PAVEMENTS PROPERLY SIZED GRAY INFRASTRUCTURE
Lake Champlain Basin Program
S E L F ďż˝ I N I T I AT E D A N NOU NCEMEN TS
I have designed several invitations, announcements, and greeting cards over the past few years. Each card is professionally printed on high-quality cardstock. Designing these has given me great experience in illustration, inclusion of photographs, and start-to-ďŹ nish print pre-press process.
Steph, Jeff and Charlie
G R EET IN G C A R D
Wilder Whiting Castle
Welcome WITH LOVE,
Born August 26th 2016
THE CASTLE FAMILY
7 lb 9 oz
B IRT H A N NOU N C E M E N T
CONCENTRATION The amount of phosphorus per unit volume of water, typically reported as:
LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM STAT E O F T H E LA K E
micrograms per liter
LAKES LOAD The total amount of phosphorus entering the water at a given time, typically reported as:
RIVERS LOADING RATE The concentration of phosphorus in a stream at a point in time multiplied by the amount of water moving through the stream at that time and location. Typically reported as:
metric tons per year
HOW MUCH IS GOING INTO LAKE CHAMPLAIN
The State of the Lake is a comprehensive report that details the health of the Lake Champlain ecosystem every 3 years. Working closely as part of a team, I designed 30 individual graphics using raw data and GIS layers. I also drafted text and assisted with content layout to produce this stunning, free publication with over 8,000 copies in print. The eďŹ€ort was completed entirely in-house and has been very well received to date. An online version may be found at www.sol.lcbp.org.
CONSERVED WETLANDS IN THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN Progress Snapshot: Otter Creek,Vermont
Vermont wetlands conserved and restored since 1991
Identified as high-priority restorable wetlands
Restorable Wetlands Conserved Wetlands
LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM STATE OF THE LAKE
HOW WILL CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN REGION? Data from regional studies and models provide evidence of local climate change using historical observed records of long term temperature and precipitaon trends. These data are used to inform climate forecasts in the basin in the future, and it appears that Lake Champlain will be a wamer, weer place with more frequent severe weather and shorter winters.
All of this means that we must be beer prepared for floods
TEMPERATURE Mulple studies, from local to internaonal, project increasing temperatures in the Lake Champlain basin as a result of climate change. Temperatures have risen approximately 1.8 degrees (C) per decade since 1958, with the most dramac changes occurring in the last decade. Historical Temperature Trends 8 Temp (deg. C)
a 310% increase in annual days over 90oF is predicted by 2050
Future Temperature Rise by 2100:
C LI M AT E C H A N GE R E P O RT
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in recent years, there has been less lake ice cover and earlier ice-out on Lake Champlain
Heavy precipitaon events will also likely increase, as will storm intensity
Many climate models suggest the Lake Champlain basin will be weer in the future, with more storm events and more annual rainfall. Precipitaon is likely to increase by 4 inches in New England by 2100. HISTORICAL PRECIPITATION TRENDS FUTURE PRECIPITATION RISE 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
SEASONALITY Since 1940, there has been a -20% decrease in annual freezing days in Vermont. By the end of the century, the growing season is projected to increase +20-31% .
LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM
midendcentury century Daily precipitaon may increase 7.1% Mean precipitaon may increase 3.9%
more winter rain is predicted
possible summer droughts
I led this project over the course of a year, supervising an intern to gather data, hosting workshops and then drafting a full technical report analyzing the impacts of climate change on regional stormwater management. The report was approved by a technical committee, and I designed the graphics and content layout to appeal to both technical and lay audiences. The report may be found on www.lcbp.org as Technical Report No. 80.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM CL I M AT E C HANG E REPO RT
S E L F � I N I T I AT E D B RA ND I NG A ND LO GO
I have begun experimenting with branding and logo design and I am interested in expanding my work in this ﬁeld of design.
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G OO SEBERRY G IN
The projects on the right include a logo I designed for my husband’s homemade gin, as well as self-designed business cards for my website portfolio. I also designed a header for the website following the themes seen on the business cards.
Batch No. 2
LOG O DESIGN
castle grafia castle grafia castlegrafia.com
science communications cartography infographics
B U S IN ES S C A R D S
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Published on Dec 1, 2016