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Aerin Jacob - Conservation Scientist

Aerin Jacob | Y2Y Conservation Initiative

Dr. Aerin Jacob has studied animal behaviour, forest and coastal ecology, and conservation biology across British Columbia, Alaska, East Africa and Central America. 

She is a 2016-18 Liber Ero Fellow, a program for outstanding early-career scientists to conduct and communicate applied research informing conservation and management in Canada. She is also a member of Canada’s Pathway to Target 1 expert task team on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and active in improving environmental assessment processes. 

Previously, Aerin was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria, where her research focused on the social, economic, and environmental trade-offs associated with marine and coastal planning in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest and Sea. She earned her PhD at McGill University, studying strategies to restore tropical rainforest that best support wildlife, carbon storage, and local communities in Uganda.

She was a member of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, an initiative of Canadian researchers developing national climate change and sustainability solutions, and a 2015 Wilburforce Fellow, a network of conservation science leaders in western North America. 

Aerin is active in science outreach, including public lectures, storytelling, policy engagement, and supporting diversity in science. When she isn't thinking or talking about science, she can be found skiing, paddling, and looking under rocks. 

Learn more about Aerin’s work at her personal website and follow her on Twitter @aerin_j.