Videos from Penguin Sentinels

Here at the University of Washington Dr. Boersma teaches a Scientific Communication course every spring in which the students make short, educational videos about penguins. The videos are then shared on our Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels YouTube Channel. We encourage you to visit the channel and learn more about a variety of penguin related topics!

“The Weight of a Penguin” (2014). Weight is key measurement of health. By developing a scale that can weigh, and identify, penguins as they go to and from their nest we will be able to determine foraging success. This is a key conservation tool for the both penguins and the fisheries.

Increasing the Galapagos Penguin population (KQED_July_2013)    Working with the Galapagos National Park,  conservation biologist Dee Boersma and her research team built 120 lava nests to provide shady sites for penguins to breed. Travel to the Galapagos Islands to see how she helps support a population of temperate penguins that are being impacted by climate change.

TED Talk 2010: “Pay Attention to Penguins”

default.img_assist_custom-100x75Penguins Cutely Count Selves (National Geographic_May 26, 2009)
Microchip-implanted penguins in Argentina are helping scientists by just doing what comes naturally on the birds’ favorite “highway” to the sea.


defaultDee.img_assist_custom-100x75Penguins as Marine Sentinels (UCLA_April 28, 2009)
Watch Professor Dee Boersma give a short introduction to her Oppenheim Lecture, Penguins as Marine Sentinels, held April 15, 2009.


adapt.img_assist_custom-100x75Adapting Conservation to Climate Change (AAAS_February 24, 2009)  Through Dr. Boersma’s research in South America, she has found that a changing climate has caused populations of penguins to move between protected and unprotected private land in Argentina. Her research is an example of how climate change is causing unexpected shifts in the location, life cycles, and populations of species.


Behavior and Conservation of Magellanic Penguins (October 30, 2006)  J. Alan Clark speaks about his many years of research on Magellanic penguins in Argentina. In addition to introducing us to the natural history of these penguins, Clark reports on his primary research focus, penguin vocalizations. He discusses the different types of penguin calls and how penguins use these calls. For example, Alan has explored what a female penguin can tell about a male penguin, just by his voice. In addition, Alan discusses the threats facing penguins and penguin conservation.

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