Dr. Dee Boersma’s long and distinguished career at the University of Washington began in 1974, when she joined the faculty of the Institute for Environmental Studies and Zoology. Fieldwork has always been her passion, whether it was researching Fork-tailed storm-petrels in Alaska, Magellanic penguins in Argentina, satellite-tracking the foraging behaviors of penguins in the Falkland Islands, or her 45 years of work on Galápagos penguins in the Galápagos Islands. In the early 1980’s, Dee began work at Punta Tombo, in Argentinean Patagonia, where the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins (over 200,000 pairs!) comes ashore to breed. Her research ultimately helped prevent the harvest of these penguins for high fashion golf gloves, shifted established oil tanker lanes farther offshore to prevent penguins from swimming through petroleum, and informed legislation for Marine Protected areas in the Province of Chubut. As Dee readily admits, she loves her work in penguin colonies because they are noisy, bustling with activity, and usually far from the nearest city! She has received research funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Global Penguin Society, a Heinz Award, Pew and Kellogg fellowships, and a loyal following of donors. Her publications include many peer-reviewed scientific papers and two landmark books, “Invasive Species of the Pacific Northwest” and “Penguins: Natural History and Conservation.” As Director of the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels and holder of the Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science, Dee continues her efforts to ensure that natural history and conservation strategies inform science and policy.