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By Yesenia Rodriguez

Acrylic on Canvas 12"x 12"

Deforestation impacts the surface temperature at the location of deforestation (Winckler et al 2019). In addition, it has been demonstrated that deforestation influences the surface temperature at neighbouring or remote locations. This process takes place because deforestation influences the exchange of heat, moisture, and momentum between the land surface and the atmosphere.

Not only can this contribute to climate change, it can have immediate ramifications on organisms in the vicinity (Buckley et al 2016). This can impact the physiology and behaviour of an organism. However, if the change is too drastic, the organism may be unable to use behaviour to buffer exposure to extremes and may perish. This can result in evolution of the organism or extinction.  

My artwork titled, "Intertwined" symbolizes the relationship that people and the natural world should have with one another. We should not exploit the earth's resources for our own benefits, rather we should share the earth's resources with nature. Furthermore, we should use the earth's resources sustainably and give back the same amount that we have taken. 


Buckley, L. B., & Huey, R. B. (2016). How Extreme Temperatures Impact Organisms and the Evolution of their Thermal Tolerance. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 56(1), 98–109. doi: 10.1093/icb/icw004

Winckler, J., Lejeune, Q., Reick, C. H., & Pongratz, J. (2019). Nonlocal Effects Dominate the Global Mean Surface Temperature Response to the Biogeophysical Effects of Deforestation. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(2), 745–755. doi: 10.1029/2018gl080211

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