Cédric Scherer

Data Visualization & Information Design

Hi, I am Cédric.

I am a computational ecologist by 🎓 and an independent data visualization designer by ❤️

As a graduated ecologist, I have acquired an extensive hypothesis–driven research experience and problem–solving expertise in data wrangling, statistical analysis, and model development. Since effective communicating of data is of paramount importance, I have subsequently developed strong skills in data visualization, journalism, and design.

As an independent data visualization designer, I combine my expertise in analyzing large data sets with my passion for design, colors and typefaces. I have designed graphics across all disciplines, purposes, and styles applying a code–first approach. I regularly talk about data visualization design and teach fundamental and advanced R coding and ggplot2 techniques.

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Data Visualization Design

I have been working as an independent data visualization specialist since the beginning of 2020. Since then I have worked for a large number of clients as a designer, consultant, analyst, and workshop instructor in the field of data visualization and reproducible analysis.

I am constantly strengthening my skills in design and have built a diverse portfolio covering a wide range of topics, chart types, purposes, and tools by creating commisioned work, conducting self-led personal projects, and contributing to numerous data visualization challenges such as #TidyTuesday, #30DayMapChallenge, and #30DayChartChallenge.

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Computational Ecology

I am working as a scientific researcher (PostDoc) in the Department “Ecological Dynamics” at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany. As a computational scientist, I apply analytic and mechanistic modeling approaches to answer questions related to the movement ecology of animals and the dynamics of populations, communities and diseases in space and time. In 2019, I was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Ecology (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Potsdam as part of the BioMove research training group.

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Code–First Approach

My favorite tool for all data-related tasks, no matter if for data visualization design or research, is the programing language R, an open source and highly extensible language for statistical computing and graphics techniques. A code–first, script–based workflow allows for reproducible, transparent, and partly or completely automated workflows.

To visualize data I mainly utilize the package {ggplot2} from the {tidyverse} package collection including many more that I use on a daily basis for all kinds of data preparation and analysis. More recently, I find myself enjoying using also other, non-programing design and charting tools such as Figma, DataWrapper, and Flourish which I combine with the code–first approach.


Dr. rer. nat. Cédric Scherer

Independent Data Visualization Specialist
Information-Driven Design • Reproducible Data Analysis and Reporting • Coachings

Researcher at Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)
Movement Ecology • Eco-Epidemiology • Population & Community Dynamics

Curriculum Vitae

Education & Professional Experience

Selected Publications

  • C Voigt, C Scherer & V Runkel (2022) Modelling the power of acoustic monitoring to predict bat fatalities at wind turbines.
    Conservation Science and Practice X:e12841.
  • L Figueiredo, C Scherer & JS Cabral (2022) A simple kit to use computational notebooks for more openness, reproducibility, and productivity in research. PLOS Computational Biology 18(9):e1010356.
  • C Scherer, V Radchuk, M Franz, H-H Thulke, M Lange, V Grimm & S Kramer-Schadt (2020) Moving infections: Individual movement decisions drive disease persistence in spatially structured landscapes. Oikos 129(5):651–667.
  • C Scherer, V Radchuk, C Staubach, S Müller, N Blaum, H-H Thulke & S Kramer-Schadt (2019) Seasonal host life-history processes fuel disease dynamics at different spatial scales. Journal of Animal Ecology 88(11):1639–1824.
  • V Radchuk, F De Laender, J Sarmento Cabral, I Boulangeat, M Crawford, F Bohn, J De Raedt, C Scherer, J-C Svenning, K Thonicke, F Schurr, V Grimm & S Kramer-Schadt (2019) The dimensionality of stability depends on disturbance type. Ecology Letters 22(4):647–684.
  • M Sciaini, M Fritsch, C Scherer & CE Simpkins (2018) NLMR and landscapetools: An integrated environment for simulating and modifying neutral landscape models in R. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9(11):2240–2248
  • List of Publications

Selected Presentations

Selected Conducted Workshops & Trainings

Awards & Honors


  • Languages: German (native), English (fluent)
  • Programming: R, CSS, html, SQL/SQLite, NetLogo, Python
  • Statistics: R (e.g. lm4, glmmTMB, CARBayesST, adehabitat, broom, tidytext, tidymodels), Excel, SPSS
  • GIS: R (e.g. sf, stars, terra, raster, rgdal, rgeos, sp), QGIS, GRASS, ArcGIS
  • Visualization: R (e.g. ggplot2, Shiny, plotly, echarts4r, leaflet, tmap, gganimate, highchartr), Figma, DataWrapper, Flourish, RAWgraphs, Highcharts, CartoDB
  • Markup: Markdown, R (e.g. Rmarkdown, blogdown, bookdown, xaringan), LaTeX

Memberships & Services

  • Peer Review: CRC Press, Journal of Animal Ecology, Oikos, BMC Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Landscape Ecology, Ecological Modelling
  • Functional Roles: Speaker of the SIG “Young Modellers in Ecology (YoMos)” (2015–2019); spokesperson in the research training group “BioMove” (2015–2018); part of the MCED award committee (2015–2019)
  • Memberships: CorrelAid volunteer (since 2019); Data Visualization Society (since 2019); “R for Data Science” Online Learning Community (since 2018)
  • Conference Organisation: 11th–14th Workshop of the Young Modellers in Ecology (2016–2019); 1st International BioMove Symposium (2018); Annual Symposium of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria & Switzerland (2013)