Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Brent Johnson, M.S.

  Population Biologist
Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology

Education

  • M.S. – Conservation Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • B.S. – Conservation Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Areas of Expertise

  • Demographic and genetic management of small populations
  • Ecology of birds and herpetofauna

About Brent Johnson

Brent began working as a population biologist at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology in 2014. His position is funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, and his primary role at the Alexander Center is to use simulation-based population viability analyses to assess the long-term sustainability of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) cooperatively managed animal programs.

Prior to joining Lincoln Park Zoo, Brent worked as a seasonal wildlife technician at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, during which time he continued monitoring the demographic status and viability of an endangered population of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes and its response to habitat manipulations, a project he began working on while a graduate student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He also has experience serving as an elephant intern at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and as a field assistant for a project concerning grassland birds at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Brent is excited to contribute to research efforts at Lincoln Park Zoo that will improve the sustainability of animal-management programs across AZA institutions, which help support the conservation of at-risk wildlife species worldwide.