2022 AMI Online Salon

The Impact of Agricultural Practices on the Monarch Butterfly

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Katelyn Sima
  • Client: John M Pleasants
  • Copyright:  Katelyn Sima, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Procreate/Adobe Photoshop/Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Journal Feature Piece intended for BioScience
  • Primary Audience: General Audience

Project Description

This piece was done for a Scientific Illustration Internship course, which requires students to work with a client to produce a “product” that Communicates Science Through Art. I had the opportunity to work alongside Professor, Dr. John M Pleasants, to visualize the impact of his research on Monarch butterfly conservation.  The primary purpose for this communication problem was to portray the negative impact herbicides have on Monarch butterflies in agricultural settings. The work was to be a graphical abstract, encapsulating the impact of Dr. Pleasants’ research, in an editorial piece intended for general audiences in for journal publication.  Monarch butterfly populations have been plummeting in Mexico, where they are recorded. By beginning the process of restoration of milkweeds within the Midwest, we hope to provide the necessary habitat and resources to save this iconic species.