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Biodiversity in the City : issue 1
9 Australian Museum Robert Mason Robert Mason has worked as a geneticist with the Australian Museum since 2006. Along with other scientists at the museum, he uses DNA sequences to work out the relationships between species, to help characterize new species, and to help in the planning of environmental conservation. Robert has performed DNA studies on Kingfishers, Pigeons, endangered birds, land snails and mammals from Australia and Oceania. He also works on the museum's Frozen Tissue Collection, a collection of DNA from across the animal kingdom held at -80 degrees to preserve its future uses. Rebecca Johnson Rebecca Johnson is a geneticist at the Australian Museum. Her research career began studying the genetics of social insects, where she looked at the molecular systems of ants, honey bees and wasps. At the Australian Museum her research involves conserving the genetics of endangered mammals and birds and the relationships between indigenous and feral species. One of Rebecca's major areas of interest is Wildlife Forensics. In this field she has worked for government agencies using DNA sequencing to identify shark fins, seized fish parts, dried animal body parts and skins. Rebecca has also investigated how DNA can be used to identify animals that hit aeroplanes, by using bones, horns and bird embryos.