A Delicate Balance: Conservation Genetics of Black Fronted Terns

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Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann
Becky Cameron

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Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann, University of Otago

Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann is an ecologist, conservationist and researcher. In the past nine
years, she has called several parts of Germany and New Zealand home. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Auckland and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Wildlife Management from the University of Otago. Among many other special creatures, Ann-Kathrin had the
privilege of working with the world’s biggest owl, the eagle owl, the tiny rock wren, and the kakapo.

After starting her Master of Science on the conservation genetics of the black-fronted terns at the
University of Otago, the project has grown and become a PhD project. She is currently finalising
the last part of the lab analysis of DNA samples before immersing herself in the statistical analysis
and write-up of her PhD.

Becky Cameron

Based in Dunedin, Becky Cameron holds an Masters of Arts in art conservation, and in 2013 completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at the Dunedin School of Art. She has been exhibiting since 2008, and in 2016 was the recipient of the Caselberg Trust Creative Connections residency, which resulted in the ceramics and drawings of the “Hereweka Project” exhibition.

Cameron’s practice explores landscape, memory, belonging and home, and she is currently working
towards an exhibition based on daily sketches done while walking the length of the South Island on the Te Araroa trail.