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Aerin Jacob - Conservation Scientist

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

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.

Aerin designs, conducts, and communicates applied research to inform Y2Y and partners across the region.

This involves working with natural and social scientists and supervising students at universities, research institutions, and government agencies, and collaborating with community and research partners. Key themes include land-use planning, Indigenous-led approaches to conservation, strategies to promote coexistence among people and wildlife, and identifying synergies and trade-offs among biodiversity and renewable energy.

She is member of the Liber Ero Fellowship for outstanding early-career conservation researchers, the Pathway to Canada Target 1 expert task team on biodiversity and ecosystem services, the Sustainable Canada Dialogues working on national climate change and sustainability solutions, the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus, and the Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science.

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.

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.