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Roxanne Beltran Dives into Seal Research
This University of California, Santa Cruz, biologist is dedicated to her marine mammal research, as well as to making the field more diverse and equitable.
ABOVE: Roxanne Beltran
Roxanne Beltran Dives into Seal Research
Roxanne Beltran Dives into Seal Research

This University of California, Santa Cruz, biologist is dedicated to her marine mammal research, as well as to making the field more diverse and equitable.

This University of California, Santa Cruz, biologist is dedicated to her marine mammal research, as well as to making the field more diverse and equitable.

ABOVE: Roxanne Beltran

Antarctica

A ship off the coast of Antarctica approaches a beach
Q&A: How to Keep Antarctica Safe from Invasive Species
Dan Robitzski | Nov 23, 2021
The Scientist spoke with University of Wollongong ecologist Dana Bergstrom about protecting the continent’s native plants and animals in the face of climate change and a growing human presence.
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Nitrogen-Fixing Microbes Found in Antarctic Sea
Shawna Williams | Oct 28, 2020
The discovery puts a nail in the coffin of a long-held assumption about the limits of where the essential process can occur.
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How Ice Shelf Loss Will Change the Antarctic Ecosystem
Amanda Heidt | Oct 6, 2020
Marine ecologist Jeroen Ingels discusses what is known about ice shelf loss at the southern pole and how those changes are affecting local ecosystems.
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Marine Biologist John Pearse Dies
Shawna Williams | Aug 18, 2020
The retired University of California, Santa Cruz, professor was known for his work on invertebrate reproduction, kelp ecology, and Antarctic marine life.
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New Study Bumps Global Emperor Penguin Numbers by 10 Percent
Amanda Heidt | Aug 5, 2020
Satellite images of penguin poop reveal eight entirely new colonies and confirm the existence of another three first reported in the 1960s.
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Coronavirus Precautions Stall Antarctic Field Research
Amanda Heidt | Jun 15, 2020
The upcoming summer research season has been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Antarctic Peninsula Temps Break Records
Lisa Winter | Feb 14, 2020
The highest reading, taken from Seymour Island, has yet to be confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization.
Image of the Day: Penguin Populations
Emily Makowski | Dec 3, 2019
Chinstrap penguins are decreasing in numbers due to a lack of krill, their only food source.
Sleep Study in Antarctica Explores Role of Cultural Differences
Alejandra Manjarrez | Dec 1, 2019
Habits such as napping might influence how humans cope with extreme environments, such as those at a polar research facility in winter.
Sea Levels May Rise Faster than Previously Thought: Study
Catherine Offord | May 21, 2019
A new analysis finds that ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica could lead to increases of 2 meters by the end of the century if carbon emissions are not reduced.
An Invasive Midge Could Wreak Havoc on Antarctica
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 19, 2018
The insects have already transformed parts of Signy Island in the South Atlantic Ocean and could drastically change Antarctic ecosystems if introduced by humans.
Image of the Day: One of These Things
Kerry Grens | Nov 30, 2018
An image of an adult penguin in a crowd of youngsters wins the top prize of an ecology photography competition.
Marine Protected Areas Aren’t Protected Against Climate Change
Ashley Yeager | May 7, 2018
If left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions will drive ocean temperatures up, affecting wildlife in these regions.
Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas
Ignacio Amigo | Dec 1, 2017
Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.
Islands North of Antarctica Key to Fish Species Diversity
Shawna Williams | Jul 24, 2017
Their waters served as refuges during ice ages, allowing for adaptation and the emergence of new species.
Antarctica Is Turning Green
Aggie Mika | May 21, 2017
As the climate warms, moss growth dramatically spreads on the continent’s peninsula. 
Image of the Day: World Penguin Day
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2017
Emperor penguins are among the largest birds in the world. Approximately 595,000 of them live in Antarctica.
World Leaders Create Antarctic Marine Reserve
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 28, 2016
After years of negotiation, 24 nations and the European Union banded together to protect 1.55 million square kilometers of the Antarctic Ocean from commercial fishing.
Genome Digest
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 26, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes