UNCW Team Awarded NSF Grant to Study Adelie Penguins in Antarctica

Friday, October 28, 2022

Dr. Steve Emslie, professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, and Dr. Chad Lane, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, have received a four-year National Science Foundation award with colleague Mike Polito, a former UNCW doctoral student of Dr. Emslie. The team will study foraging grounds of Adélie penguins in the Ross Sea area, East Antarctica, to better understand the impacts of climate change and to help protect their projected future foraging sites.

The award entitled, “Collaborative Research: Using Multiple Stable Isotopes to Investigate Middle to Late Holocene Ecological Responses by Adélie Penguins in the Ross Sea,” yields $517,190 to UNCW and includes significant support for student researchers and broader impacts. The objective of the project is to trace the foraging grounds of Adélie penguins through space and time using stable isotopes and to protect the projected sites over at least the next 50 years.

Read the complete story on the College of Arts and Sciences website.