The Winners and Losers of Climate Change: A Case of the Gentoo Penguins and Adelie Penguins (2016)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
The aim of this review is to assess the scientific literature on the effects of climate change on Antarctic fauna with a focus on two pygoscelid penguins, the Adelie (Pygoscelis adeliae) and Gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) Penguins which are arguably, both affected by changes in the sea ice extent (Forcada et al. 2006). It will hope to discover whether or not the Gentoo penguin species will, in fact, displace the Adelie penguin species habitat based on the changing climates and differing physiological and habitat preferences. Based on the evidence put forward, there is still a large amount of research that needs to be completed in order to have a good understanding of the population dynamics of both species, and therefore, how they interact with each other. The increases in climate warming will continue to get worse and therefore, action needs to be taken now to address the impacts on Antarctic wildlife before it is too late and extinctions will begin causing massive alterations in the food chains and shifting the entire Antarctic ecosystem.
RightsAll Rights Reserved
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Skinner, Richard; Turner, Jeff; Riley, Madi; Martin, Jonny (2016)The concept of climate change and the ability of mankind to alter natural cycles of global temperature, over a relatively short timescale is something that has never before been encountered on this planet. The evidence ...
Pointon, Olivia (University of Canterbury, 2017)Climate change is rapidly changing the environment of Antarctica through warmer air and ocean temperatures, changes in sea-ice distribution, and associated cascades in the food web. Emperor penguins need the marine ...
Hodgson, Jasmine (University of Canterbury, 2010)Penguins have adapted to their environment through millenia of great climate changes. This makes them more susceptible to climate change as their size, morphology and other cold weather adaptations restricts their ability ...