January 2, 2020

In a great article by Kristine Liao at Audubon Magazine, my colleague Stef Jenouvrier and I are interviewed about our recent paper in Global Change Biology - about how if we don't meet the Paris Accord agreement (to keep warming below 1 degree C), we are likely to lose...

December 21, 2018

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We awoke on October 31, 2018 (Halloween day!) to fantastic news: our 1000-mile survey flight to five separate emperor penguin colonies was a go! We excitedly gathered our extreme cold weather gear (...

July 27, 2016

Weddell seals: Antarctica’s extreme mammal

Weddell seals are one of Antarctica’s icons. Besides being undeniably charismatic, they are the southern-most mammal in the world, can live up to 30 years, and they are perfectly adapted to living in some of the harshest condit...

June 22, 2016

As part of Matt Shipman's Science Carnival, I was invited to write a blog about the science of the Game of Thrones. Along with many talented science writers (check out their articles: Brian Switek, Jacquelyn GillDavid HoneMiles TraerJesse EmspakRaychelle Burks,...

Photo by Johanna Turner of Cougarmagic

A new model, published in Ecological Modelling, suggests the big cats will soon recolonize Arkansas, Missouri, and other parts of the American heartland... More from National Geographic here and here.

July 12, 2014


For the first time, researchers have counted all the world's Adélie penguins—a sprightly seabird considered a bellwether of climate change—and discovered that millions of them are thriving in and around Antarctica.


June 21, 2014

Researchers have long thought that emperor penguins were philopatric, meaning that they return to the same location each year to nest. New research -- using satellite imagery of the Antarctic -- shows that penguins may not be so faithful after all...

April 13, 2013

Most news about climate change does not bode well for the creatures that make their home in the polar regions of the earth. But one type of penguin could be an unexpected benefactor of climate change. In a new study looking at the penguin population on Beaufort Island,...

June 16, 2012

Cougars (Puma concolor) have not lived in Oklahoma, Missouri and other midwestern states since the beginning of the 20th century. But now the cats are returning to and repopulating some of their former Midwest habitats, according to research published Thursday in The J...

April 18, 2012

UK, US and Australian scientists used satellite technology to trace and count the iconic birds, finding them to number almost 600,000. Their census technique relies in the first instance on locating individual colonies, which is done by looking for big brown patches of...

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