Selected work

Hello, my name is Daniel Wolfe.

Collected below are some highlights of my career so far, from nearly a decade's worth of data visualization work at CNN, Quartz, Planet Labs, Tesla, and the Urban Institute.

Gray whales are dying along the Pacific coast
Investigated and reported on climate change's role in the mysterious die-off of this sentinel species.
  • JS
  • ai2html
  • Photography
  • QGIS
Pulitzer Center grant funded reporting project
The Southwest’s most important river is drying up
First of their kind cuts are coming to the Colorado River, but who loses out isn't equal.
  • JS
  • Earth Engine
  • ai2html
2021 EPPY finalist for best use of data/infographics
'It's going to disappear': A timeline of Trump's claims that Covid-19 will vanish
Vertical stream graph of daily new Covid-19 cases pegged to times Trump assured the public that the virus would go away.
  • d3
Won a 2020 Society of News Design (SND) award.
Tracking wildfires in the US
For the most up-to-date wildfire origins, perimeters, hotspots, as well as smoke and air quality reports.
  • JS
  • Mapbox
  • Node
Tracking Covid-19 vaccines in the US
Follow how many people have been vaccinated and who is being left out.
  • JS
  • d3
  • React
The coronavirus epidemic is changing emoji usage on Venmo
Analyzed hundreds of thousands of public transactions on the payment app Venmo to see how 🏀, 🍕, and 🍣 gave way to 😷, ⛽️, and ♥️.
  • Pandas
  • JS
Spoke on Marketplace about this piece!
Listen to nature from eight of the US National Parks to stay calm and productive
The outdoors offer more than scenery. The sounds of these landscapes are restorative. Selections of thousands of hours of field recordings from the US National Parks allow us to visit the Golden Gate, Yellowstone, Sitka, and the Grand Tetons from our homes.
  • Audition
  • JS
Moby Dick: Or, the imprecision of genetic testing
This piece illustrates direct-to-consumer genetic testing's shortcomings using classic American literature.
  • Node
  • AfterEffects
  • Illustrator
Won a 2019 SND award.
Get a LEGO head to match any emotion
I used survey data on thousands of LEGO faces to make a bit of internet magic: An algorithm that matches your emotions to a LEGO face.
  • Python
  • Photoshop
  • JS
This also won an award from SND.
Mexico is illegally destroying protected mangrove trees to build an $8 billion oil refinery
Satellite images show a landscape razed to accommodate a controversial $8 billion oil refinery, built at the request of Mexico's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. I confirmed Max de Haldevang's reporting on the refinery via remote sensing.
  • GDAL
  • Photoshop
  • Satellite imagery
Life expectancy in the United States, mapped by neighborhood
Created this interactive map that reveals the health disparities between neighborhoods across the US using data from the CDC and analysis by Dan Kopf
  • Mapbox
  • QGIS
  • JS
The fires in the Amazon were likely set intentionally
Analysis using NASA Goes-16 East and VIIRS/FIRMS data show the Amazon rainforest burning at an unprecedented rate. These fires were likely set by people clearing land for cattle ranching.
  • Illustrator
  • GDAL
The fight for water can push nations apart—or bring them together
With annotated illustrated maps, scroll-based design, and timelapse satellite imagery, this piece provides context to the disputes over underground water.
  • Earth Engine
  • Premiere
  • GDAL
  • JS
A citation of excellence from the Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting 2019 and won bronze in long-form narrative from SND.
Oil exploration detection through satellite imagery
This scroll-based interactive shows how Planet Labs discovered oil exploration in a remote corner of the Libyan Desert.
  • JS
  • GDAL
Apple HQ timelapse from space
Using high-resolution satellite imagery and AfterEffects, we can see the Apple Campus in Cupertino, CA go up in a blink.
  • AfterEffects
  • GDAL
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