2018 SOAP Report
We are the eyewitnesses to Antarctic environmental change, gathering data on Antarctic penguins and other wildlife, and reporting the facts back to all who care about conserving the Antarctic for future generations. Indeed, our importance to — and influence with — Antarctic Treaty countries has been recognized by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Championing science-based conservation. Since 1994, Oceanites has been monitoring and analyzing penguin and seabird population changes across the vast Antarctic Peninsula, where it’s warming faster than anywhere else on Earth except the Arctic. Working with our collaborative partners, The Lynch Lab at Stony Brook University, Black Bawks Data Science (UK) Penguin Lifelines at the University of Oxford (UK), and One Ocean Expeditions (Canada). Oceanites represents the world’s only nonprofit, publicly supported Antarctic research program. We are the only project monitoring the entire Antarctic Peninsula region. We began our 25th consecutive annual Antarctic Site Inventory in November 2018.
The 37th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources has just concluded, Oceanites once again participating as an officially invited, international expert observer. On larger matters before countries that are members of this Commission, I sadly report that none of the three proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) — East Antarctica, […][read more]
With immense sorrow — all of us who knew Mark Epstein are saddened beyond description that he has passed away. He fought nobly and optimistically for his life, and, even with the end nearing, maintained his playfully mischievous sense of humor and zest for being with his friends and colleagues. All of us extend heartfelt […][read more]
How to describe what I’m feeling today … with more than 30 seasons in Antarctica under my belt … having actually witnessed changes firsthand like glaciers receding, ice shelves that have calved off, penguin populations significantly falling (and, in one case, rising)? Climate change is real and undeniable. It is happening now. We humans north […][read more]
Oceanites released the State Of the Antarctic Penguin 2017 report on April 25th, World Penguin Day. The report was picked up all over the world by such notable media outlets as CBS, Time, PBS, USA Today, Scientific American, US News and World Report,[read more]