Penguins

Past & Present

 

Dr. Steve Emslie

Principal Investigator

UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology

 

Recent Publications

Below is a list of recent publications based on our research:

Polito, M. J., C. S. Reiss, W. Z. Trivelpiece, W. P. Patterson, and S. D. Emslie. In Press. Stable isotopes identify an ontogenetic niche expansion in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) from the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.  Marine Biology.

Liu, Xiaodong, Y. Nie, L. Sun, and S. D. Emslie.  2013.  Eco-environmental implications of elemental and carbon isotope distributions in ornithogenic sediments from the Ross Sea region, Antarctica.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 117: 99-114.

Emslie, S. D., M. J. Polito, and W. P. Patterson.  2013.  Stable isotope analysis of ancient and modern Gentoo Penguin egg membrane and the krill surplus hypothesis in Antarctica.  Antarctic Science 25: 213-218.

Brasso, Rebecka L., Michael J. Polito, Heather J. Lynch, R. Naveen, and Steven D. Emslie.  2012.  Penguin eggshell membranes reflect homogeneity of mercury in the marine food web surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula. Science of the Total Enviornment 439: 165-171.

Brasso, R., S. Abel, and M. Polito.  2012.  Pattern of Hg allocation into egg components is independent of dietary exposure in Gentoo penguins.  Archives of Environmental Contamination: Toxicology 64: 494-501.

Nie, Y., Xiaodong Liu, Liguang Sun, and S. D. Emslie.  2012.  Effect of penguin and seal excrement on mercury distribution in sediments from the Ross Sea region, East Antarctica. Science of the Total Environment 433: 132-140.

Vasil, C. A., M. J. Polito, W. P. Patterson, and S. D. Emslie.  2012.  Wanted: dead or alive? Isotopic analysis (δ13C and δ15N) of Pygoscelis penguin chick tissues supports opportunistic sampling.  Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 26: 487-493.

Smykla, J., B. Krzewicka, K. Wilk, S. Emslie, and L.Śliwa.  2011. Additions to the lichen flora of Victoria Land, Antarctica. Polish Polar Research 32: 123-138. 

Polito, M. J., W. Z. Trivelpiece, N. J. Karnovsky, E. Ng, W. P. Patterson, and S. D. Emslie.  2011.  Integrating stomach content and stable isotope analyses to quantify the diets of pygoscelid penguins.  PLoSONE 6: 1-10.

Polito, M. J.3, S. Abel, C. R. Tobias, and S. D. Emslie.  2011.  Dietary isotopic discrimination in gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) feathers.  Polar Biology 24: 1057-1063.

Emslie, S.D., K. Baumann, and M. van Tuinen. 2011.  Late Holocene occupation of Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) at Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, Antarctica.  Polar Biology 34: 283-290.

Polito M.J., Lynch H.J., Naveen R., and Emslie S.D. 2011. Stable isotopes reveal regional heterogeneity in the pre-breeding distribution and diets of sympatrically breeding Pygoscelis penguins. Marine Ecology Progress Series 421: 265-277.

Polito M.J., Fisher S., Tobias C.R., and Emslie, S.D. 2009. Tissue-specific isotopic discrimination factors in gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) egg components: Implications for dietary reconstructions using stable isotopes. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 372:106-112

Strickland M.E., Polito M.J., and Emslie, S.D. 2008. Spatial and seasonal variation in Adélie penguin diets as inferred from stable isotope analysis of eggshell. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, 124(3): 65-71

Emslie S. D. and W. P. Patterson.  2007.  Abrupt recent shift in d13C and d15N values in Adélie Penguin eggshell in Antarctica.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104: 11666-11669.

Emslie S. D., L. Coats, and K. Licht.  2007.  A 45000-year record of Adélie Penguins and climate change in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.  Geology 35: 61-64.

Emslie S. D. and E. J. Woehler.  2005.  A 9000-year record of Adélie Penguin occupation and diet in the Windmill Islands, East Antarctica.  Antarctic Science 17: 56-66.

Emslie S. D., P. A. Berkman, D. G. Ainley, L. Coats, and M. Polito.  2003.  Late-Holocene initiation of ice-free ecosystems in the southern Ross Sea, Antarctica.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 262: 19-25.

Polito M., S. D. Emslie, and W. Walker.  2002.  A 1000-yr record of Adélie penguin diet in the southern Ross Sea, Antarctica.  Antarctic Science 14: 337-332

For more publications follow the links below:

Dr. Steve Emslie's Publications

Mike Polito's Publications