Polar Palooza - North
Grant BallardGrant Ballard
Colorado State University

Grant Ballard is a field biologist, SCUBA diver and mountaineer, who has spent continuous research seasons since 1991 studying birds in California, Alaska, the Farallon Islands, and Antarctica. Grant is currently Co-Director, Informatics Division, PRBO Conservation Science at the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. He is a co-founder and board member of "Oikonos", a non-profit group working locally and internationally to increase ecosystem knowledge through science, art, technology, education, and applied conservation. Grant is currently working on his PhD through the University of Auckland, NZ, studying Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. He received his BA from Cornell in 1989.

Grant and his colleague Viola Toniolo work closely with David Ainley on studies of Adelie penguin behavior at such sites as Cape Royds and Cape Crozier in the Antarctic. Their work is featured in the ANIMAL PLANET documentary, "Return to Penguin City", which premiered in March 2008. He is a co-PI on the NSF-funded "Antarctic Penguins, Teaching the Science of Climate Change: A Celebration of IPY."

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