Dr Petra Sumasgutner receives a L'Oréal UNESCO Women in Science award
Dr Petra Sumasgutner was accompanied by Dr Megan Murgatroyd from the FitzPatrick Institute and Dr Shane McPherson from UKZN on a trip to Mongolia to sample Golden Eagles and fill the data gap on their genetic diversity. The team worked closely with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters and were able to gather over 100 Golden Eagle feather samples in the month that they were in Mongolia. Their host Taurekol, introduced them to Kazakh culture and eagle hunter families. Traditionally Golden Eagles are either taken from a nest or are trapped as passage birds in their first year, and are released back into the wild after several hunting seasons.