• Maarten van Rouveroy

Antarctic penguin research

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Over the months of January and February 2020, I was very fortunate to travel to Antarctica on assignment with Greenpeace. Our expedition facilitated the work of six researchers from Stonybrook University (New York) and Northeastern University (Boston) who have been assessing the state of penguin populations in the region.

the present day. Initial results indicate that the chinstrap penguins have declined by a staggering 50-60 percent over the past fifty years. This is bad news for the penguins but also does not bode well for Antarctic wildlife in general since penguins are considered an important indicator for the health of this ecosystem. News of the findings has lead to widespread coverage in media around the world.

Ocean Witness - Episode 5: The Antarctic (penguins from 19min20sec)

Clipreel of Elephant Island penguin footage (copyright: Greenpeace)

Slideshow with production stills