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The Adélie Penguin

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David Ainley is an environmental consultant based in Sausalito, California. He has researched the Adélie penguin for over t... Weiterlesen
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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.

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David Ainley. With illustrations by Lucia deLeiris



Klappentext

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.



Inhalt

Acknowledgments
Outline of the Present Volume
1. Introduction
2. Marine Ecology
3. Breeding Populations: Size and Distribution
4. The Annual Cycles
5. The Occupation Period: Pair Formation. Egg Laying and Incubation
6. Reoccupation Period: Chicks and Breeding Success
7. Predation
8. Demography
9. The Bellwether of Climate Change
Literature Cited
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Adélie Penguin
Untertitel: Bellwether of Climate Change
Autor:
Illustrator:
EAN: 9780231507325
ISBN: 978-0-231-50732-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Columbia University Press
Genre: Biologie
Anzahl Seiten: 416
Veröffentlichung: 01.10.2002
Jahr: 2002
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 20.8 MB
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