Wildlife Conservation Geneticist at Museums Victoria
Australian living in Australia
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Dr Joanna Sumner is a conservation geneticist and has been involved in the fields of molecular ecology, population genetics and conservation biology for 30 years and loves the complementary nature of hands-in-the-dirt field research with genomic analyses. She is the Senior Manager of Genetic Resources at Melbourne Museum, managing the museum’s wildlife DNA collection and facilitating conservation, taxonomy and evolutionary genetic research in the DNA laboratory. Joanna’s first love is reptiles, and she is in awe of their diversity and ingenuity in adapting to environments from the rainforest to the desert and is passionate about the vital need to conserve the exquisite diversity of life in our natural world. When not at work she loves gardening, knitting and the brilliant company of her kids, partner and family.