Penguins are declining globally. The main suspects are climate change, fisheries, disease and pollution, but we need to understand how penguins are affected by these threats in order to mitigate them.

Penguin Lifelines is a project run by Tom Hart at Oxford University, but with collaborators around the world including Oceanites, Stony Brook, LSU and ZSL. We research the threats to penguins and how to mitigate these threats. We are using long-term monitoring in the field and genetic analysis of penguin feathers to get a complete picture of how populations are changing. Our findings will be used to inform policy and educate the public on the impacts of climate change.

We run the increasingly popular Penguin Watch website, where we ask volunteers to go through the millions images we collect. Read more about the project by following Tom's blog or go to the Penguin Lifelines website.

Thank you for considering a donation. All donations to this site go through Oxford University but are allocated to the Penguin Lifelines project.

Suggested amounts and rewards:

  • £30 - A postcard from Antarctica.
  • £100 - Adopt a penguinologist - We will send you one of our Penguin Lifelines hats.
  • £250 - Adopt a colony - We will send you details and a time lapse video of your colony.