The runners up in the @Naturejobs 2018 #ScientistAtWork photo competition (for winning images see our ScientistAtWork Stories Highlights)
1. Crossbow biopsy submitted by Greg Larson.
Marine biologists Greg Larsen @dukeenvironment @dukeuniversity and Ross Nichols @ucsc chase a Minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) in the shadow of Mount William in Antarctic waters in March 2018. They obtained a crossbow biopsy — a sample of blubber and skin that can be used to track health in whale populations. Image credit: Kharis Schrage @kharis95
2. Rocky Mountains’ radio signals submitted by Lauren Koenig.
Ecologist Hae Yeong Ryu @stonybrooku keeps track of ground-squirrel populations in July 2014 on Gothic Mountain, Colorado — about 600 metres above the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. A colleague, behavioural ecologist Lauren Koenig, snapped this photo.
3. Digging up a 4x4 submitted by Luke Jeffrey.
Ashly McMahon, an ecologist at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, tries to free his car from wetlands in April 2015 at Cudgen Nature Reserve. Photographer Luke Jeffrey, also at Southern Cross, says he helped — after he secured a picture.
4. Ghost-exposure protocol submitted by Meredith Course.
A long exposure captures neuroscience postdoc Meredith Course in her lab @uofwa, March 2018. She set the camera up to film and started working on an RNA protocol. The camera saw only the high-contrast object in motion — her lab coat. But “science is not done by ghosts”, she says. “It is done by real humans who work hard, every day”. Well done to all runners up, and thanks for sharing your photos! 📷
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