Dyan deNapoli, “The Penguin Lady”, Speaker, Author and Penguin Expert
Penguin expert, TED speaker and award-winning author Dyan deNapoli gave a presentation about her work as a penguin advocate and conservation educator. She shared the story of her unlikely journey to becoming a penguin expert. In 2000, while working for the New England Aquarium, Dyan helped manage the rescue of 40,000 penguins from an oil spill in South Africa. Dyan is one of 78 women from around the globe selected to be part of a women-in-science leadership-development initiative called Homeward Bound. The women spent three weeks together on a ship in Antarctica, enhancing their leadership and collaboration skills and learning directly about the impacts of climate change. During her talk, Dyan introduced educators to Penguin Watch, an online citizen science project that utilizes student volunteers to count penguin populations in Antarctic regions.