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Penguins, robots and satellites: New blog shares Antarctic research

Penguins, robots and satellites: New blog shares Antarctic research

A new University of Delaware blog transports readers to penguin rookeries at the bottom of the globe, where a team of scientists is using underwater robots and satellites to understand where and how the birds feed.

Based in the West Antarctic Peninsula, the scientists fit selected penguins with satellite transmitters that allow them to map the penguins' tracks. Underwater vehicles then allow the scientists to examine the foraging habits of Adélie penguins, which are experiencing significant population declines.

The Antarctic team comprises UD's Matthew Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and researchers from Rutgers University, Polar Oceans Research Group, and California Polytechnic Stat University in San Luis Obispo.