Different from previous fieldwork, this year Bo Elberling, his daughter and I joined a tourist ship (Albatros Expeditions). We took samples and measurements at each penguin colony, while giving guests hands-on experience on how scientific studies are conducted and how data are collected in the field (citizen science). It was a great success, and we got measurements done at all three common penguin colonies at the Antarctic Peninsula (Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins). We also gave several presentations onboard the ship on topics related to climate change, marine and terrestrial biology, conservation and biogeography with a specific focus on the polar regions, which led to engaging discussions and interactions with the guests.
Bo Elberling and his daughter taking gas samples at the Gentoo penguin colony at Port Lockroy
Hi! I am Elise Biersma, an evolutionary biologist studying polar plants and microbes.