Macquarie Island science

Scientist monitoring vegetation
Scientist monitoring the growth of Pleurophyllum hookeri on the plateau region of the island. Photo Ben
Scientist holding fur seal pupScientist counting elephant seals on the shoreScientist checking measurements

Macquarie Island is a breeding place for millions of seabirds, mostly penguins. The island is home for 25 bird species, including four penguin species. Seals, including the world's largest species, the elephant seal, also haul out on the beaches for breeding, so biological sciences are high on the program.

Other scientific programs undertaken on Macquarie Island include upper atmosphere physics, geoscience, medicine, meteorology and climate change studies.

More information on current science programs at Macquarie Island is available by search.


This page was last updated on 23 August 2006.