Dr. Dee Boersma


Renowned Ornithologist

Dr. Dee Boersma is the Director of the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington and holds the Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science. She has worked on Galapagos penguins for 50 years, Magellanic penguins in Argentina for nearly 40 years, and Fork-tailed storm-petrels in Alaska for a decade. Dr. Boersma pioneered the use of seabirds as environmental sentinels. She has determined the reproductive success of penguins, their foraging locations, population dynamics, and the effects of climate variation, pollution, and how their behavior and physiology influences their survival. Dee holds a B.Sc. with honors in Biology from Central Michigan University, a Ph.D. in Zoology from Ohio State University, and an honorary doctorate in Science from Central Michigan University. She was President of the Society of Conservation Biology, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University, holds the 15th Heinz Award for the Environment and is an elected fellow of the American Ornithologists Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Washington State Academy of Science.



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