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Client: IMAS/ Lynchpin

Project: Arts-Science collaboration

Illustration and Animation: Malou Zuidema

Science and story: Felipe Briceno, Jorge Ramos

Creative Direction: Sue Anderson

Forests of the Sea

An arts/science Stop-motion animation

A stop-motion animation about the effects of climate change on the local marine environment off the East Coast of Tasmania. 


In 2012 I received a Lynchpin Scholarship together with two Marine Science PhD students at UTAS (University of Tasmania), Felipe Briceño Jacques from Chile and Jorge Ramos Castillejos from Mexico. 

The lynchpin scholarship supports ocean research and encourages arts/science conversations. We applied for this scholarship with a concept to illustrate/ animate their science research into a clear story that would explain their research in such a way that it is clear for everyone to understand.

What is the animation about?

Felipe and Jorge research the effect of climate change on the Tasmanian East Coast; how increased ocean temperatures are changing the local ecosystems, and how this is affecting local species.


The Tasmanian East coast is a wonderful underwater world, with the iconic Giant Kelp Forest being a home to many local marine species. But due to the increased water temperatures, this marine plant is listed as an endangered marine plant and has almost disappeared, and with that, many local species have lost their home. Another issue is the arrival of invasive species, taking over the local habitat.  



  • BOOKEND TRUST, Hobart Tasmania


  • REDMAP Launch, Hobart Tasmania

  • OCEAN PLANET TASMANIA: Seas Through Tasmanian Eyes, State Cinema, Hobart

  • CSIRO talk + screening, CSIRO, Hobart

  • LIVING DATA EXHIBITION, as part of Ultimo Science Festival, Muse Theatre, Sydney


  • Science Communication & the Arts seminar, university club UTAS, Hobart


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