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Geoff Hogan Biology Honours Research Grant
Faculty: Science
Status:
Current 4th Year
Occasion: Deans' Academic Honours and Awards Night
Process: recommendation from the Biology department
Scholarship Type: Award
Description: Awarded to assist Honours Biology students in carrying out their research programs.
Background: In 1992, the Geoff Hogan Biology Honours Research Award was established at the University of Prince Edward Island as a lasting tribute to an Island Naturalist and Gardener, Geoffrey Gordon Hogan, to support and encourage honours students in Biology in carrying out their research programmes. Born in Charlottetown on July, 27 1953, Geoffrey Gordon Hogan was a keen supporter and motivator of projects both within and outside the Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island. His childhood interest in animals led to the study of biology, with course specialization first in ornithology and later in museum studies. He began his post-secondary education at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and completed a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Alberta in 1976. During his undergraduate education he spent his summers with the Prince Edward Island Fish and Wildlife Division studying wildlife in his home province. His Master's thesis for Brock University (1979) was on the cormorant colonies of Durell Point and Cape Tyron. In 1985, Geoff completed a second Master's degree, this time in museum studies, from the University of Toronto. Throughout his life, Geoff continually expanded his own knowledge in all areas of natural history, and was very successful in sharing that knowledge with others. His publications in the field of birding are extensive including Familiar Birds of Prince Edward Island (Ragweed Press 1991) and numerous articles and studies. He was a popular teacher and conducted many workshops, lectures and fieldtrips on various subjects including birding and gardening. The Bird's Eye Nature Store in Charlottetown, which Geoff and his sister Carol Ann Corner opened in 1988, won a Prince Edward Island Environment Award for its efforts to promote interest in the natural environment. In 1992, Geoff's family, friends and students established the Geoff Hogan Honours Research Fund in his memory.
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