Cartographer: A Mesquite package for plotting geographic data
The Cartographer package allows one to plot the geographic location of taxa onto a calibrated map. It can either plot taxa separately in a taxa window, as shown here:
Base map from Snyder, 1987
or on a tree in a tree window, as shown here:
Image of North America courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
Cartographer requires Mesquite 2.5 or later.
The following sections are available in this manual to help you use Cartographer:
- Getting Started
Installation of Cartographer, and a list of the basic steps you need to produce a map in Cartographer
- Sources of Maps
Some suggestions for sources of the map you will use as your background image.
An overview of the different sorts of map projections (e.g., Transverse Mercator, Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area) available in cartographer
- Calibration & Parameters
How to calibrate you map so that it displays locations correctly.
- Adding data
Entering latitude and longitude data in Mesquite's data editor, or using the Add Taxon Tool, or by importing an XML file containing the data.
- Ancestral locations
How Cartographer calculates the location of ancestral nodes on a tree.
- Taxon symbol & groups
Changing the shape, size, and color of the symbols used for taxon "dots".
An overview of the various tools available for examining or altering your map in the taxa or tree window.
- Display Options
Adjusting the display of the map, including adding a longitude/latitude grid and dimming the map image.
- Graphics Files
How to save your image as an editable graphics file.
- Citing Cartographer
How to cite Cartographer.
- Download Cartographer
The page from which you can download Cartographer.
- Cartographer Source Code
Download the source code of Cartographer.