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Q&A With Ecologist Studying the Affects of Climate Change on the Ocean

Source: Inside Climate News/Nicholas Kusnetz - February 17, 2017 in Science/Tech

Q&A With Ecologist Studying the Affects of Climate Change on the Ocean
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The oceans are warming at rapid clip, and many marine creatures are shifting their ranges in response, moving deeper and towards the poles.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature warned last year that ocean warming “may well turn out to be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation.”

Malin Pinsky, an ecologist at Rutgers University, has spent the past six years studying the impacts of climate change on marine species. In 2014, he teamed up with the National Marine Fisheries Service to build OceanAdapt, a web tool that draws on decades of data collected by marine surveys to track and map the movement of 105 marine species off the coasts of the United States. Creatures in the Northeast, for example, have moved their ranges an average of more than 50 miles north since 1960.

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