Dr Brenton von Takach is a Forrest Prospect Fellow in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University. Broadly, his publications cover the topics of conservation ecology, population genomics, threatened species, population demographics, landscape ecology and urban ecology. The focus of Brenton’s current research is the environmental, geographic, and genomic processes involved in the decline and extinction of native species and ecosystems. Using contemporary spatial and computational analyses of multispecies genomic and ecological niche datasets, his work aims to improve in-situ conservation of Australia’s unique vertebrate fauna.
Brenton’s research builds on a PhD at The Australian National University, which explored the genomic and demographic impacts of wildfire and logging on forest trees in southern Australia. He then moved to Charles Darwin University to begin disentangling the drivers of vertebrate extinction in tropical savanna ecosystems, before joining Curtin University in Perth. Brenton has also previously worked as a specialist ecological consultant, contributing to environmental impact assessments, monitoring, and management activities for over 50 projects in more than 40 different ecological communities across the Australian continent.