Each year, the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology section of the American Physiological Society presents their highest award, the August Krogh Distinguished Lecture, to a comparative physiologist who “has made major and meritorious contributions” to the field. Dr. August Krogh (1874-1949) was a physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1920. He was very interested in zoology and joined the University of Copenhagen as an Associate Professor of Zoophysiology in 1908. Throughout his career he examined a variety of research questions on topics ranging from gas exchange in both vertebrates and invertebrates to blood flow and metabolism.
Dr. Krogh is often credited with being the “father” of comparative physiology as he believed there are ideal animals to study particular questions in physiology. This idea became known as the Krogh Principle: “For a large number of problems there will be some animal of choice or a few such animals on which it can be most conveniently studied.”
This year’s August Krogh Distinguished Lecture was given by Dr. Patricia (Trish) Schulte from the University of British Columbia. Her research uses a variety of approaches, including physiology, genomics as well as genetics, to examine how fish adapt and evolve in changing environments. Congratulations Dr. Schulte!!