Counting penguins from space: Local PhD student co-author of new study

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How many Emperor Penguins are there in Antarctica?

In the past, answering that mysterious ecological question required some guesswork since the animals live in such a harsh environment. Previous estimates put the population at 350 thousand. But last week, researchers announced that there are almost twice as many Emperor Penguins in Antarctica than previously thought – nearly 600 thousand.

How do we know?

Michelle LaRue is a Phd student in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota and the co-author of the new study.

She talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter on The Takeaway. [Audio below]