Anna Clark is a Masters candidate in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago.
A conservationist at an early age, Anna was quickly drawn to science and the workings of the natural world. Later, field experience in pest control sparked a curiosity in the potential for more effective and humane alternatives.
After graduating from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics, Anna decided to pursue a Masters in Genetics. Her research project aims to identify genes that have a sex-specific effect on mammalian fertility and may be suitable targets for gene drive systems to control invasive rodent populations.
In her community, Anna is currently involved in a restoration project on the Otago Peninsula and is also vice-president of the Pacific Island Science Student’s Association at Otago.
Any remaining time is spent exploring New Zealand's vast and rugged wilderness or diving in our incredible marine environments. These experiences continue to fuel her motivation to save New Zealand's unique, internationally treasured and endangered ecosystems.