The man who spies on penguins for science

Story highlights

  • Researchers have spent the last five winters in Antarctica monitoring penguin colonies
  • The group of experts also set up timelapse cameras to see breeding patterns, effects of climate change
  • Data is processed by citizen scientists on crowdsouring platform "Penguin Watch"

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(CNN)Today I'm tagging penguins in Antarctica. Not something I'd thought I would ever get the chance to do but here we are. A few hours in and it's actually quite addictive. But I'm not facing the extreme chill of the southern polar region.

When I say I'm "tagging," I'm manually annotating penguins, chicks and eggs on photographs taken in the region. Once I've marked the images, other citizen taggers can double check my work before penguinologists can begin to analyze the citizen-sourced data.