Heather Lynch

For this data-driven Antarctic ecologist, it all adds up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the bottom of the world comes Stony Brook University’s latest top scientist – a Big Data-driven ecologist with an unprecedented passion for penguins. Adélie penguins, to be precise, and other Antarctic penguin populations, whose migratory patterns and colony sizes have lots to say about the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem – and the global effects of climate change. Such is the purview of Heather Lynch, an associate professor of…


The SBU ecologist who came in from the cold

If you’ve ever dreamt of tracking Antarctic penguin populations – and really, who hasn’t? – Stony Brook University can now make it happen. No, the university won’t fly you to King George Island or outfit you with a state-of the-art military-surplus Marpat Level 7 ECW Hooded Jacket. However, through a collaboration with NASA, the university is recruiting citizen scientists to lend a hand with a virtual census, of sorts, of Antarctica’s iconic inhabitants. Jokes aside,…