2021 AMI Online Salon

Invaders from Distant Waters

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Aimy Wang
  • Other Contributors:  Aimy Wang
  • Client: Faculty Advisor: Jodie Jenkinson
  • Copyright: Aimy Wang, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Procreate, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print, Magazine Foldout Spread
  • Primary Audience: Lay Audience

Project Description


Invasive species pose a major risk to the vibrant biodiversity of the Great Lakes ecosystem, causing habitat loss, proliferation of disease, and declines in native flora and fauna. Since the establishment of the region as a major trading hub in the mid-19th century, invasions have escalated; in recent years, however, extensive efforts have been made to restore balance to affected environments. I created this infographic as a foldout spread to serve as an introduction to the history, origin, and impact of non-native species in the Great Lakes region, as well as current measures being taken to combat them. Due to the complexity of the topic, species that are well-known and most likely to be recognized by a lay audience were featured here. A layered timeline using a modified Sankey diagram is used to depict historical context as well as changes in vectors of invasion over time; symbols are used to tag the vectors and origins of depicted invasives, and the risk status of depicted natives.