The Adelie Penguin: Bellwether of Climate Change

The Adelie Penguin: Bellwether of Climate Change

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by David Ainley, Lucia deLeiris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 023112306X

ISBN-13: 9780231123068

Pub. Date: 10/17/2002

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The Adélie penguin is one of the best-studied birds in the world and is the subject of research programs from a dozen nations interested in monitoring changes in the environment and the food webs of the Southern Ocean. This species' population has been changing dramatically over the past few decades coincident with a general warming of the maritime portion

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The Adélie penguin is one of the best-studied birds in the world and is the subject of research programs from a dozen nations interested in monitoring changes in the environment and the food webs of the Southern Ocean. This species' population has been changing dramatically over the past few decades coincident with a general warming of the maritime portion of Antarctica. When the sea-ice is seen to decline so does the population of Adélie penguins. Further south, however, the population is increasing.

This book summarizes our present ecological knowledge of this polar seabird. In so doing, David Ainley describes the ecological factors important to its life history and details the mechanisms by which it is responding to climate change. The author also chronicles the history of research on Adélie penguins, beginning with the heroic expeditions at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Weaving together history, ecology, natural history, and written accounts from the earliest Antarctic naturalists into a fascinating account of this charismatic bird, The Adélie Penguin provides a foundation upon which future ornithological research and environmental monitoring can be based. It is a model for investigations into the effect of climate change on a particular species. The book also contains many fine illustrations from the accomplished illustrator Lucia deLeiris and photographs by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231123068
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2002
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsOutline of the Present Volume1. Introduction2. Marine Ecology3. Breeding Populations: Size and Distribution4. The Annual Cycles5. The Occupation Period: Pair Formation. Egg Laying and Incubation6. Reoccupation Period: Chicks and Breeding Success7. Predation8. Demography9. The Bellwether of Climate ChangeLiterature CitedIndex

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The Adelie Penguin: Bellwether of Climate Change 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just saying 5 stars because i have done adelie penguins in class and they are so fun to learn them. plus this book is way to expensive.