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Adélie Penguins Cope With Climate Change

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David Ainley and Jean Pennycook are studying Adélie penguins in Antarctica to learn how they may adapt to climate change. Ainley is looking closely at the "superbreeders" among the penguins for clues.

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Jean Pennycook with group of Adélie penguins on the beach

Jean Pennycook is an education and public outreach specialist with Penguin Science. She talks with students over Skype about Adélie penguins, in hopes of attracting them into math and science fields.

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David Ainley holding an Adélie penguin

A long-term polar researcher, David Ainley is studying how climate change is affecting Adélie penguin populations in Antarctica.

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close up image of an Adélie penguin with chick

Each year, researchers at Ross Island's three bird colonies band a large number of chicks just before they make their first trip to the sea. Adélie penguins are banded so penguin researchers can track them throughout their life cycle. The purpose of this type of work is to see how penguins are responding to climate change.

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