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The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. Additionally, the pervasiveness of range shifts, from poles to the equator, and depths of oceans to tops of mountains, provides us with unique opportunity to advance our theory of biogeography, evolutionary ecology and macroecology.

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Humans at risk as species shift with climate change

A remarkable migration; that’s how experts are describing the massive shift of species—and their breeding and feeding patterns—in response to climate change.

When sea and land creatures move, so too do the diseases associated with them, bringing new concerns about the implications for humans.

One of the world’s leading conservation biologists says that of all the species at risk as the climate changes, humanity faces the greatest threat.


Species shift was tackled in the Lynchpin 2012 project  FORESTS OF THE SEA which has been submitted for the Conference video prize. 

The stop-motion team were: Marine Science PhD Candidates: Jorge Ramos, Mexico  and Felipe Briceño Jacques, Chile, with Dutch artist: Malou Zuidema.

The aim of Forests of the Sea – the animation  was to give an overview of a local science story: a visual narrative with simple and short word cues to aide the story-line.



Story telling is an ancient art – it has been part of our communities since time immemorial.

What is the role of story telling in our present time?

Science holds stories of great significance for us all:  but they can be locked in the world of science with its own particular science language.

The Lynchpin program  explores ways to introduce ocean science to the community through the arts to try to:

  • work in solidarity with the reputable science;
  • engage public attention in quirky new ways;
  • create narratives that draw people in and prompt them to explore further.