Pablo Garcia Borboroglu standing on the beach with penguins in the background.

Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

Pablo (Popi) Garcia Borboroglu is the founder and President of the Global Penguin Society (GPS,, an international science-based conservation coalition dedicated to the survival and protection of the world´s penguin species. He is a researcher at the National Research Council in Argentina and Professor at the University of Washington.

He has spent 25 years in the field of marine conservation and his research focuses on different ecological aspects of seabird conservation, with special emphasis on penguins. He also works on marine conservation tools planning and implementation. In this role, he interacts with Government agencies and other institutions. For example, he leads processes to help designate MPAs and coordinates participatory management plans and helps authorities implement these plans.

Currently he is leading a global conservation effort to benefit penguins in several countries at different scales, including the creation of the IUCN Penguin Specialist Group, the improvement of colony management and the creation of large protected areas both on land and in the ocean.

Borboroglu studied biological sciences at the National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco and received his Ph.D., with honors, in biology from the National University of Comahue in Argentina. He was a Duke University Global Fellow in Marine Conservation in 2001, he received the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation in 2009, the Whitley Award in 2010 and the Segre/WFN Partnership Award in 2014.