What Will Happen to the Penguins

What Will Happen to Penguins and Other Antarctic Animals: Evidence of Climate Change in Antarctica From a Marine Perspective

October 2015

Archived Webinar


Dr. Jose Xavier, a marine biologist, will talk about techniques for communicating in English, the language of international science, as he describes his research working with Antarctic food webs from algae to top predators including penguins, seals and albatrosses. He will discuss how the animals in Antarctica are being affected by changing climate.

Patricia Azinhaga will share her expertise in ways scientists and educators can work together to reach learners of all ages and levels of scientific experience. She will also share classroom activities for transferring polar marine science to formal and informal education settings.



Researcher:  Dr. José Xavier, University of Coimbra Portugal and British Antarctic Survey

Dr. Xavier is an Antarctic marine biologist, working with food webs from algae to top predators, such as penguins, seals and albatrosses. Working with colleagues from more than 20 countries, Dr. Xavier is highly involved in science through SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research), education through APECS (Association of Early Career Scientists) and PEI (Polar Educators International), and policy-making through ATS (Antarctic Treaty System). José is the youngest scientist to be awarded the prestigious Martha T. Muse prize for excellence in Antarctic science an policy.

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Educator: Researcher & Science Educator, Education Institute of the University of Lisbon

Patricia Azinhaga is a fellow researcher from the Education Institute of the University of Lisbon with a focus on promotion of a scientifically literate society through building a strong relationship between scientific research and science education. Now she is working on IRRESISTIBLE - a European project on teacher training, combining formal and informal learning focused on Responsible Research and Innovation, in which she integrated polar science. She and José have collaborated on a wide variety of outreach initiatives about polar science since she took part in the last IPY (International Polar Year) activities as a science teacher. Read More