Last updated August 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Vanessa Pirotta (Macquarie University) was the overall winner of FameLab Australia 2018 with her funny, intriguing and fascinating presentation about the challenges, and surprising solutions, of collecting whale snot.
Vanessa’s research project investigates use of drones to collect health information from free swimming whales. Collection of whale blow/snot is done via a custom-built drone. Previous methods to collect health information from whales came from those that stranded or from those that were deliberately killed. Current methods involve close boat approaches using a pole. Vanessa research is revolutionizing the way scientists collect health information from whales.