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Aerin L. Jacob
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|Known for||Ecological research, conservation initiatives, and scientific outreach activities|
Dr. Aerin L. Jacob is a Canadian ecologist and conservation scientist. She is known for her ecological research, conservation initiatives, and scientific outreach activities. Currently Jacob is a conservation scientist at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative where she studies coexistence between people and wildlife, examines ecosystem services, and supports indigenous-led conservation. Her current research is being used to identify wildlife habitat in need of conservation across Canada. Her work includes leading groups of scientists working to strengthen the science used in environmental assessment processes and to conserve and manage species at risk and their habitats.
Early Life and Education
Jacob's interest in conservation and biology came from her mother, Bobbi Jacob, women's-rights activist and former game warden in Tanzania. Jacob received her BSc in Biology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia and her PhD in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. In collaboration with Makerere University and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, her doctoral research focused on forest restoration, biodiversity, and ecosystem services in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Her postdoctoral research at the University of Victoria focused on marine spatial planning and management on the Central Coast of, British Columbia, Canada.
Jacob has worked to share her research and knowledge outside of academia. Some examples of this include organizing early-career researchers to encourage the Canadian government to strengthen science in environmental assessment, resulting in an open letter with over 1800 signatories from researchers in Canada and Canadians abroad. Further, during the 2015 federal election Jacob organized an all-candidates’ debate focusing on science – the first time one was held in Canada. She was a member of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues from 2014–17, a pan-Canadian group of scholars working to identify sustainability solutions for a low-carbon transition and to communicate those solutions to the public and decision-makers.
- "Staff and advisors". Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
- Boon, Sarah (October 16, 2017). "Trade talk: Habitat helper". Nature. 550 (7676): 421. doi:10.1038/nj7676-421a – via www.nature.com.
- Jacob A E, Moore J W, Fox C H, Sunter E J, Gauthier D, Westwood A R, and Ford A T. 2017. Cross-sectoral input for the potential role of science in Canada’s environmental assessment. FACETS 3(1): 365-391
- "Scientists Share Wins, Epic Fails on Twitter". National Geographic News. August 8, 2015.
- "MyChilliwackNews.com | Bobbi Jacob Retiring After 18 Years With Ann Davis Society".
- "AERIN JACOB". AERIN JACOB.
- "To spur change, conservationist urges scientists to speak up for themselves" – via The Globe and Mail.