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Features May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

Not So Happy Feet

 
     

We danced with them in Happy Feet. We raised young with them in March of the Penguins.

But unlike the uplifting messages concluding both of those films, emperor penguins are being threatened by the effects of global warming and overfishing.

UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Gerald Kooyman (a recent recipient of the Kenneth Norris Lifetime Achievement Award) and his colleague Paul Ponganis, a Scripps marine biologist and anesthesiologist, have been studying emperor penguins for more than two decades.
During their most recent research expeditions to Antarctica, both researchers have seen changes in emperor penguin habitats, affecting the way they feed, breed and raise their young.

Kooyman says the effect of climate change on the birds could be serious because warming conditions may disrupt critical growth and swimming development for the young.

Penguins without ice? Not the sequel we want to see.

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Rex Graham, Raymond Hardie, Debra Kain, Daniel B. Kane, Kim McDonald

 

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