Eva Prendergast


  • Festivals Coordinator and UK-Iceland International Collaboration Officer, 2020-2022
I completed my master’s at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey. My thesis focused on the knowledge gap surrounding blue whale genetics and included the drilling of whale bones collected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As part of this work I was awarded a research grant from the Brian Roberts Research Fund to travel to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC and the Natural History Museum in London to drill whale bones collected between 1830-1955. I was also lucky enough to be awarded a travel grant to attend and present this research at the second World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, Spain in December 2019. 
For the last seven years, I have been an active member on-board research boats, whale watching vessels, ferries and cruises as a researcher, naturalist, photographer, educator, surveyor, skipper and wildlife officer.
I have a particular interest in scientific communication and making research accessible to our community. I have previously presented to a wide variety of audiences, from school visits to senior cruises to international conferences, using visuals to make complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. As a professional, award-winning photographer I believe one of the primary tools to captivate audiences is through photography and videography, as it provides a visually immersive and stimulating method of engagement.
For the last year I have been working as the Chief Operations Officer of an international education company, leading and managing pioneering online courses on polar and marine science. This has included training teachers, enabling us to reach several thousand students across 10 countries in 5 continents. 
I am proud to be an IAATO Antarctic Ambassador and sit on the UKPN committee.