- Published on Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:58
- Written by Super User
An Adelie penguin pair watch over their chick in Antarctica. UNCW Professor Steve Emslie speaks about his research of Antarctic penguin populations and climate change at the Aquarium’s Science Café on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30. Photo credit: Steve Emslie
Join Professor Steve Emslie at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Science Café for a discussion about penguins in Antarctica and impacts of climate change.
Emslie, a professor and ornithologist in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, conducts research on penguins in Antarctica and the sub Antarctic. For the past 20 years Emslie has focused on the ecology of penguins including historic trends in population movements and dietary shifts.
Emslie studies the smaller penguin species found in Antarctica: the Adelie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo. His research includes analyses of penguin eggshells and feathers, as well as excavating abandoned penguin colonies for frozen tissue and prey remains that are hundreds to thousands of years old. Conditions in Antarctica can keep fossils (bones, feathers, mummified remains of penguins) well-preserved for thousands of years. Because penguins are good indicator species for marine conditions, studying the extended fossil history of the species allows for assessments of population movements and dietary shifts that have occurred in the past in relation to climate change.
The Aquarium’s Science Café series features experts in various science fields leading casual group discussions on important science topics. The series is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Surf House Café, 250 Racine Drive, Suite 1 in Wilmington.