Dr Carolyn Hogg recieves the F.G. Wood Memorial Scholarship
Dr Carolyn Hogg has been awarded the 2009 F.G. Wood Memorial Scholarship for the best student manuscript published in Marine Mammal Science during the past two years. The Award was given for her 2009 paper entitled "Determination of steroid hormones in whale blow: It is possible". Marine Mammal Science, 25(3): 605–618.
This award is given in honor of Forest G. Wood, a founder of the Society for Marine Mammalogy who was noted for his editorial skills.
Using a nylon stocking attached to a carbon fibre pole Dr Carolyn Hogg has been able to isolate hormones from blow samples collected from humpback whales off Queensland, Australia, and from North Atlantic right whales near Canada.
To find out more see below:
Nature - Snotty Sampling
Science - Thar she blows!
Sydney Morning Herald - Well blow me! A home-made whale of an idea
Related research from the Rogers Laboratory - Disease Ecology
Credits: C Hogg