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Emperor Penguins and Warming Trends in Antarctica
Jerry Kooyman, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Emperor Penguins may be the marine vertebrate most dependent on sea ice. For at least nine months of the year they are reliant on stable sea ice anchored to the coastline for successful reproduction. In addition, they need, at the least, pack ice conditions suitable for a month-long fast while they molt. The natural history of these birds related to this dependence will be presented and illustrated with computer-generated images and photographs. How resilient are Emperor Penguins to climate changes and to the warming trends that are now occurring?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008