The Adelie Penguin: Bellwether of Climate Change

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Overview

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.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

This fascinating treatise on this interesting bird's life is very informative and would be an asset to any library.

Ibis

This book is a testimony to a life's work on a fasicnating bird in an exciting environment... Although the book is very correct and the tone is humble, it is at the same time very personal and entertaining.

International Hawkwatcher

[This book] reflects state-of-the-art ornithological and ecological knowledge of these charming birds... Most highly recommended to birders, ornithologists, and the academic libraries they haunt worldwide.

Ecology
Ainley clearly implies that long-term research on Adelie penguins may offer a unique window through which to examine contemporary ecological issues related to global climate change and its effects on the structure and function of ecosystems.

— William R. Fraser

Quarterly Review of Biology
The book is valuable and thought provoking because it will draw the attention of readers to both the obvious direct and the subtle indirect ties between the birds and the many types of sea ice that characterize and shape their environment.

— Theresa L. Bucher

Bioscience
a delightfully written volume that is certain to please the amateur birder, the polar traveler, and the serious academic ornithologist...jolly good show

— William J. L. William

The Condor
this is an excellent book on the Adelie Penguin...this book will hold [readers'] attention

— Gerald Kooyman

Ecology - William R. Fraser

Ainley clearly implies that long-term research on Adelie penguins may offer a unique window through which to examine contemporary ecological issues related to global climate change and its effects on the structure and function of ecosystems.

Quarterly Review of Biology - Theresa L. Bucher

The book is valuable and thought provoking because it will draw the attention of readers to both the obvious direct and the subtle indirect ties between the birds and the many types of sea ice that characterize and shape their environment.

Bioscience - William J. L. William

a delightfully written volume that is certain to please the amateur birder, the polar traveler, and the serious academic ornithologist...jolly good show

The Condor - Gerald Kooyman

this is an excellent book on the Adelie Penguin...this book will hold [readers'] attention

Choice

This fascinating treatise on this interesting bird's life is very informative and would be an asset to any library.

Ibis

This book is a testimony to a life's work on a fasicnating bird in an exciting environment... Although the book is very correct and the tone is humble, it is at the same time very personal and entertaining.

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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)

Meet the Author

David Ainley is an environmental consultant based in Sausalito, California. He has researched the Adélie penguin for over thirty years and has made twenty-two trips to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. He is author of three books and over one hundred and fifty scientific papers.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Marine Ecology3. Size And Distribution of Breeding Populations4. The Annual And Nesting Cycles5. The Occupation Period - Pair Formation. Egg Laying and Incubation6. Reoccupation Period - Chicks and Breeding Success7. Predation8. Demography9. The Bellwether Of Climate ChangeLiterature Cited

Columbia University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Just say 5

    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.

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