Life on the Edge: Adélie Penguins – Photographs by Chris Linder

October 3, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Adelie Penguins, photos by Chris Linder, ©WHOI
Adelie Penguins, photos by Chris Linder, ©WHOI

Who doesn’t love penguins? Visitors to Life on the Edge: Adélie Penguins will see photographs of penguins building nests, feeding their chicks, and battling the increasing storms. The exhibition shows dramatic Antarctic landscapes shaped by volcanoes and ice, and life in the fragile penguin colonies facing uncertain futures due to climate change.

Chris Linder is a professional science and nature photographer and multimedia producer. His photography career began while working as a research technician at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he was frequently called on to document oceanographic expeditions at the ends of the earth.

Since 2002, Chris has focused on communicating the stories of scientists working in the Arctic and Antarctic. His education and training as an oceanographer give him a special insight into photographing science. He has photographed 20 major scientific field projects, 14 of which have been in the polar regions.

Adelie Penguin, photo by Chris Linder, ©WHOI
Adelie Penguin, photo by Chris Linder, ©WHOI

In 2007, the Field Museum in Chicago presented a solo exhibition of his photographs,Exploring the Arctic Seafloor. He is currently working on a book titled Science on Icefor the University of Chicago Press, which will be published in fall 2011. Chris's images have appeared in museums, books, calendars, and international magazines, including Geo (Germany), Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, and Wired. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Chris’s future science documentary projects include: tracking carbon released from Siberia’s thawing permafrost, understanding the role of dissolved iron in Antarctica’s Ross Sea ecosystem, and studying the lakes that form on top of Greenland’s ice sheet.