Unsung hero to science
Dr Catherine Kemper with flipper bones of a southern right whale at the museum’s Bolivar plant.
Clare Peddie, Dr Catherine Kemper honoured as South Australia’s Unsung Hero to science at award function, The Advertiser, 5 August 2016
Decades of devotion to dead dolphins and washed-up whales have been recognised with an award for heroic achievements in science.
South Australian Museum senior researcher Dr Catherine Kemper was named the Unsung Hero of SA Science 2016 at the state launch of National Science Week on Thursday night.
Presenting the award at the Adelaide Showground, home of the largest science expo in Australia “Science Alive!”, SA Chief Scientist Dr Leanna Read acknowledged Dr Kemper’s “long and distinguished research career on southern Australian marine mammals”.
“Her research includes a comprehensive forensic pathology approach to the investigation of marine mammal deaths,” she said.
“That includes establishing an extensive tissue sample archive to support eco-toxicology and disease studies, investigations into entanglements of marine mammals in aquaculture infrastructure, and the collection of large species such as whales.”