Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New phylo.to.map with direct projection of the tree onto a geographic map

A few days ago I added the option to directly project a phylogeny onto a geographic map into the S3 method plot.phylo.to.map. The most recent phytools version (phytools 0.3-20) is available from my website. It also allows the use of alternative map databases and maps. Here's a quick demo:

> require(phytools)
Loading required package: phytools
> packageVersion("phytools")
[1] ‘0.3.20’
> require(mapdata)
Loading required package: mapdata
> xx<-phylo.to.map(tree,cbind(lat,long), database="worldHires",plot=FALSE)
objective: 286
objective: 76
> # first, let's plot the phylogram visualization
> plot(xx,type="phylogram",asp=1.3)
> # now let's do a direct projection
> plot(xx,type="direct",asp=1.3)

As before, it is a good idea to keep in mind that the nodes in the direct projection do not mean to show ancestral area reconstruction - they are just an attribute of the projection to show relationships among species.


  1. I have not been able to update my version of phytools with the versions that are on this page, What I am doing wrong ..?

    1. The latest version of phytools (not on CRAN) is here: http://www.phytools.org/nonstatic/; however you will need a GCC compiler or Xcode to install from source. If you don't have a compiler installed, and work in Windows, please send me an email and I will build & post a Windows binary.

  2. I was wondering if there is a way to access aspects of the tree from this function directly, e.g., say I wanted to plot thicker edges or bigger font for tips? Also is there a way to move the lines from the tips down a bit so that the tips are easier to read? thanks!