Dr. Talya D. Hackett (she/her)


Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator
Target Malaria


Dr Talya D. Hackett, based in the Department of Biology at the University of Oxford, researches the potential ecological consequences of supressing Anopheles gambiae populations through Target Malaria.

Talya’s work with Target Malaria involves sample collections in Ghana and using DNA metabarcoding to establish the role of An. gambiae in the food web. Her team is also conducting experiments to determine any competitive interactions that could result in another species increasing in number following suppression of An. gambiae.

Talya’s research interest lies in community ecology, primarily using empirical field-based projects to examine broad questions about networks of interactions, particularly those that cross habitats or environments.

Recent media activity:

  • TED-ed video ‘Ethical dilemma: Should we get rid of mosquitoes?’: youtube.com/tededucation
  • Ecology contributor to We The Curious exhibition “What If We Did Prevent Illness?”