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November 24, 2009

Penguin Pressure

Dee Boersma and Pablo García-Borboroglu talk about the pressures facing penguins today in the Washington Post in the article “Pressures prey on penguins“. Be sure to check out the gorgeous photo gallery as well.


September 15, 2009
Dee Boersma wins Heinz Award

Dee Boersma is among 10 recipients of the Heinz Family Foundation awards given to people whose achievements have fostered a cleaner, greener and more sustainable world.

Each recipient will receive $100,000 and a medallion inscribed with the image of the late Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., whose environmental legacy is commemorated by the awards.

Boersma, a UW biology professor and holder of the Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science, is being honored for her extensive field study of penguins and other sea birds to promote conservation and understanding human impact on marine environments. In an effort to better communicate issues of the natural world to the public, she launched Conservation Magazine, a publication for cutting-edge science and smarter conservation (www.conservationmagazine.org). For more than 25 years, she and her students, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society, have studied Magellanic penguins at the Punta Tombo reserve in Argentina. She has dubbed the penguins “marine sentinels” for their warning signs about the ocean environment. Her recent work has shown that, because of climate change and other factors, during the critical period of egg incubation, the penguins at Punta Tombo must swim an average of 25 miles further in search of food than they did just 10 years ago.

The awards, announced Sept. 15, were established in 1993 to honor Heinz’s legacy on environmental issues.

Learn more at the Heinz Awards website.

August 19, 2009
Penguin Sentinels Researcher Recommends Marine Reserve

In a recently published paper, graduate student Elizabeth Skewgar recommends a marine reserve at Puñihuil Islands, southern Chile, the only known breeding colony where Magellanic and Humboldt penguins nest together. The paper is published in Ocean & Coastal Management.

June 26, 2009
From Penning Articles to Penguin Wrangling

A former Northwest Asian Weekly editor, El Lee, writes about her life-altering experience of leaving her editorial post behind to research penguins in Patagonia with the Magellanic Penguin Project.

May 17, 2009
Los Pingüinos en la Extinción

Los derrames de petróleo, los cambios climáticos y la contaminación crónica, son las causas principales de la muerte de estas aves marítimas. Dos especialistas que residen en Punta Tombo, la colonia más grande del mundo, cuentan cómo trabajar su preservación es ayudar a la humanidad. Lea la historia completa

May 02, 2009
Deadly Disease Kills 1,380 Magellanic Penguins

Results are in for the previously unknown cause of 1,380 Magellanic penguins that died along the Chilean coast last March. Fowl cholera, caused by a deadly bacterium,was determined to be the causative agent. It is still unknown as to why the outbreak occurred.

April 30, 2009
New Humboldt Penguin Exhibit Opening at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

The anxiously awaited 6.5 million dollar Humboldt exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, is set to open Saturday, May 2. The exhibit is modeled after Humboldt-inhabited coasts of Peru.

April 04, 2009
Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels

On April 4th, 2009, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington and Dr. Boersma announced the launch of the Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels.

April 01, 2009
The New York Times Interviews the Jane Goodall of Penguins, Dr. Dee Boersma

The New York Times queries Dr. Dee Boersma about how she began her 25 year-long study on penguins, why the penguin population is declining and what policy implications her work will have.