Scientists are notorious for struggling to communicate the importance of their work in compelling ways. But as both a researcher and an artist, Jill Pelto is in a unique position to reach a broad audience. While double majoring in earth science and studio art at the University of Maine, she honed her “environmental art,” which combines stunning imagery of the natural world with actual data points measuring the effects of climate change.
This mashup of painted scenes and statistics amplifies the impact of both: Endangered species, raging wildfires, and melting glaciers drawn by Pelto’s practiced hand immediately connect the data to their source, and the trend lines lend the imagery a sense of urgency. Check out some of Pelto’s pieces below.
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