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The Adélie Penguin: Bellwether of Climate Change

By: David G Ainley

310 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs, maps

Columbia University Press

Hardback | Nov 2002 | #132969 | ISBN: 023112306X
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The Adélie Penguin has been the subject of much research since the early 1960s. The penguin population has been changing dramatically over the past few decades, coincident with a warming of the oceans of Antarctica, making the Adélie a predictive indicator of global warming. Here, Ainley summarises the present ecological knowledge of this species: its biology, behaviour, and ecology within the Antarctic ecosystem; the ecological factors important to its life history; and details of the mechanisms by which it is responding and attempting to adapt to climate change.

This fascinating treatise on this interesting bird's life is very informative and would be an asset to any library. Choice 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. Ibis [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. International Hawkwatcher 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 Ecology 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 Quarterly Review of Biology 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 Bioscience this is an excellent book on the Adelie Penguin...this book will hold [readers'] attention -- Gerald Kooyman The Condor


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

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David Ainley is an environmental consultant based in Sausalito, California. He has researched the Adelie 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.

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