Susan Bengtson Nash found her passion for environmental toxicology as an honours student investigating the relationship between chemicals and reproduction in Danish harbour porpoise. After completing her PhD at The University of Queensland, she established the Southern Ocean Persistent Organic Pollutant Program (SOPOPP) with Australian Research Council funding. SOPOPP seeks to fill significant research gaps surrounding contaminant transport, behaviour and fate in a changing polar landscape, as well as effects on polar biota and ecosystems. SOPOPP’s inter-disciplinary research recently culminated in the Humpback Whale Sentinel Program, a circum-polar biomonitoring system for long-term surveillance of the Antarctic sea-ice ecosystem.
Susan Bengtson Nash appears with thanks to Academic Partner Griffith University.