UD researchers are among the scientists in Antarctica conducting fieldwork on penguins, ocean currents. DSI Affiliated Faculty are involved in the research including Mark Moline and Carlos Moffat. Mark Moline from the UD Marine Studies Department, is the principal investigator on a project examining the feeding habits and predator-prey interactions of Adélie and Gentoo penguins in the region using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Carlos Moffat, a coastal physical oceanographer who is in Antarctica serving as chief scientist of the NSF Palmer LTER program, which has been collecting long-term ecological data for over 30 years, is also conducting research as part of his NSF Career Award to understand the dynamics of melting glaciers and how that impacts the ocean circulation and properties, such as salinity and temperature of the coastal ocean.

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