Growing fisheries as well as climate change threaten the marine ecosystem. We help facilitate a collaboration of more than 50 researchers from six countries to establish the scientific basis for a Ross Sea marine protected area—one of the largest ever proposed.
Point Blue is a leader in international scientific efforts to secure protection for the Ross Sea in Antarctica, where we have worked since 1972 studying Adélie Penguins. Recently, at workshops in the United States and South Korea, we helped deliver scientific findings to key stakeholders, including the U.S. State Department and delegates to the multinational organization that manages the Southern Ocean.
Our research in Antarctica dates back to the early 1970's, building on seminal behavioral ecology and population biology studies of penguins and skuas initiated at Johns Hopkins University and led by William Sladen and his student, David Ainley.
The present phase of the project was initiated in 1996 in collaboration with H.T. Harvey and Associates, Oregon State University, and Landcare Research, New Zealand, and with financial support provided by the National Science Foundation. We are investigating how Adélie Penguins cope with large changes to their environment, including those brought about by global climate change. Visit Penguin Science to learn more.
In 2007, we initiated a full-scale education program to teach about climate change and the science, including our own, that is attempting to understand it. Visit Penguin Science's education section to find extensive information, including webisodes, about how penguins are coping with a rapidly changing world, as well as many participatory activities for students. As part of this effort, we created an educational DVD that highlights some of our findings. Order one from the Penguin Science website.
Internships in Antarctica
Why are some colonies bigger than others, why do they occur where they do, what sort of environmental changes impact populations the most, and what is “normal” variability? Help researchers find answers to these pressing questions during the austral summer (Nov-Feb) in Antarctica. Visit Penguin Science's internships section to learn more about internship requirements and the project.