Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), Dr Rebecca Johnson’s ground-breaking work in the field of wildlife forensics has been acknowledged in the Innovation category of the awards, announced last week.

Tuesday 4 October 2016, Sydney, Australia: One of Australia’s foremost wildlife forensic geneticists, scientific leaders and researchers has been recognised in the prestigious 100 Women of Influence awards, initiated by Westpac in partnership with the Australian Financial Review. 

Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), Dr Rebecca Johnson’s ground-breaking work in the field of wildlife forensics has been acknowledged in the Innovation category of the awards, announced last week.

“I’m incredibly humbled to be recognised along with so many extraordinary women whose achievements are truly inspiring,” said Dr Johnson.

“I am deeply passionate about women in science, and I plan to use the profile generated via this award to increase the visibility of science, provide opportunities for more young women and engage with our scientists of the future.”

The award comes after Dr Johnson received a University of Sydney Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in August and was also made an Adjunct-Professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

In addition to being the Director of the AMRI – a division of the Australian Museum focusing on science and education that brings together a team of more than 70 researchers and 100 associates – Dr Johnson is one of only two accredited wildlife forensic specialists in the country.

She established the Australian Museum Centre for Wildlife Genomics, which uses DNA and genomics techniques to assist law enforcement agencies in the identification and prosecution of animal smuggling. She also co-leads the Koala Genome Consortium, a research group working on the sequencing of the koala genome for conservation purposes.

Kim McKay AO, Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Museum and a former Women of Influence award recipient, said: “Rebecca is a true asset to the Australian Museum’s leadership team, and it is a delight to see her work recognised in this way.

“This award is well deserved, and we look forward to seeing her influence continue to develop around the world.” Dr Johnson is currently in South Africa representing Australia at an international wildlife forensic research conference.

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