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Three penguin species that share the Western Antarctic Peninsula for breeding grounds have been affected in different ways by the higher temperatures brought on by global warming, according to Stony Brook University Ecology and Evolution Assistant Professor Heather Lynch and colleagues. The work by Lynch and her team is contained in three papers that have been published online in Polar Biology,Ecology and Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS).

Lynch and her colleagues used a combination of field work and, increasingly, satellite imagery to track colonies of three penguin species -- Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo. The Adélie and chinstrap migrate to the peninsula to breed, while the gentoo are year-round residents.

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Arctic Centre (University of Lapland), Finland

Born on 19th October 1984, Michael John Laiho is half Finnish, half British and living in Finland since 2010. In 2010 he graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, after which time he decided to do his Finnish military conscription and subsequently moved to Finland that year. After completing his military service in Pori, he has started a PhD at the Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) on the topic of the EU’s influence in Arctic governance. So far he is in his second year, has attended and presented at various important conferences, nationally and internationally, and has published his work in peer-reviewed publications. For 2013 he is aiming to complete two student exchange programmes – one in Central Europe as part of Erasmus, and the other in the Arctic region as part of North2North. As a member of APECS he has volunteered to organize the next Arctic Science Summit Week in Krawko in 2013 and wishes to organize an APECS conference some day at the Arctic Centre, in Rovaniemi. Outside of the scientific community, Michael is also a keen writer, artist and marathon runner.

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