Welcome to the

Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels


Click Here to meet Ryan – A Very Important Penguin!

The Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels began studying penguins in Punta Tombo in 1982. Supporters include the Wadsworth Endowed Chair, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Global Penguin Society, foundations, NGOs, and many friends of the penguins. The Province of Chubut through the Office of Turismo has facilitated our research. Permits were provided by the Departments of Turismo and Flora and Fauna in the Province of Chubut. The La Regina family provides logical support and permission to work on their land. The research would not be possible without the help of the Province of Chubut,  the La Regina Family, and our funders.

braying penguin

An adult Magellanic penguin brays as he returns to his nest.

If we could, we would bray like penguins to announce that Penguins: Natural History and Conservation was named a 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title!

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Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels is on YouTube!

Click here to check out our new Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels YouTube channels to watch short, educational videos Dr. Boersma’s students have made!

News and Updates

(Check out Past news stories)

February 10, 2014

Voice of America’s Science World Interviews Dee

Rick Pantaleo from VOA Science World interviewed Dee about the publication of the Climate Change paper, and that interview was produced and aired the weekend of February 8, 2014. Listen to the audio here, the interview with Dee begins at about the 17 minute mark.

January 31, 2014

NPR covers release of Climate Change paper in PLOS One

National Public Radio released a story on January 30, 2014 about the publication of Dee and Ginger’s paper highlighting the impacts of climate-induced rainstorms on Magellanic penguin reproductive success.

January 29, 2014

Climate Change Increases Reproductive Failure in Magellanic Penguins released in PLOS One

A paper titled “Climate Change Increases Reproductive Failure in Magellanic Penguins” was published January 29, 2014 in PLOS One and was covered in the media. The paper was on the front page of the New York Times for a moment as well.

Check out this New York Times article from 2008


January 27, 2014

Penguins: Natural History and Conservation receiving recognition

Penguins: Natural History and Conservation has been named 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Book and #1 Bestseller in the Top Ten books published by the University of Washington Press in 2013.


January 24, 2014

The Story of Marcy – Band 26234

News from the field: A penguin banded as a juvenile in February 1988, Marcy (band 26234) was spotted for the first time since it was banded this season in January 2014! See more of this story on our Donate page.
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October 25, 2013

Earth Island Journal: Trading Places

Check out this article about climate change and the increased distance many species must travel for food, featuring Dee Boersma.

artwork showing cranes (birds) standing together, cityscape silhouette in background

Illustration by Lisel Jane Ashlock


October 7, 2013

NY Times: Zoos Aim to Ward Off a Penguin Killer

Here’s an article where Dee Boersma is quoted discussing malaria and Magellanic penguins.

Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


September 20, 2013

Funding to Increase Galapagos Penguin Population Awarded

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund helped fund Dee’s project to help Galapagos penguins and increase their population. Read more in this article written for the UW College of Arts and Sciences.


August 9, 2013
Helping Galapagos Penguins Stay in the Shade!

Click here to check out a video of Dee and her team building nests for penguins in the Galapagos to help with the impacts of climate change.

penguin and eggs in constructed nest. July 2014.

penguin and eggs in constructed nest. July 2014.



July 2, 2013
Congrats to our grads

UW’s College of Arts and Sciences made a video to celebrate the end of the school year. There are a few appearances from familiar faces in the Penguin Lab. Here’s to a job well done!



April 25, 2013
Happy World Penguin Day

For more information about what you can do to help penguins, watch an interview with Dee Boersma and Popi Garcia Borboroglu.