I am an ecologist and conservation scientist studying how natural and human disturbances affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. I'm particularly interested in problem-solving and applied conservation, like community-engaged work, restoration ecology, and reducing human-wildlife conflict. My scientific approach includes fieldwork, interviews and focus groups, computer modelling, GIS, and remote sensing. I also love science outreach - it's fun and I learn a lot.
Sometimes I can't believe I landed my dream job, Conservation Scientist for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria, working on conservation planning on the BC Central Coast. My PhD research at McGill University focused on forest restoration and ecology in Uganda. Before grad school, I worked in research, conservation, consulting, and teaching in East Africa, BC, Alaska, and Central America.
Want to get in touch? Email me: aerin <at> y2y <dot> net
June 2017: Public lecture at Beaty Biodiversity Museum, invited speaker at CGBD 2017
May 2017: Keynote at SWEEET 2017, invited talk at CSEE 2017, taught scicomm workshop with David Shiffman at the Royal BC Museum, met with ECCC about EA Review
Mar 2017: Keynotes at College of Applied Biology & UdeM, talk at ACTWS 2017.
Feb 2017: Started working at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
Dec 2016: Presented open letter and Liber Ero letter at the Expert Panel for the Review of Environmental Assessment Processes in Nanaimo, BC.
Nov 2016: Open letter from nearly 2000 early-career researchers is released. Attended the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa.
Oct 2016: Presented research at the All-Party Oceans Caucus and All-Party Climate Change Caucus, and met with MPs during the Liber Ero science policy retreat. I also attended the annual Banff Forum, this year held in Montebello, QC.
Sep 2016: Talked to COMPASS about being a 2015 Wilburforce Fellow
Sep 2016: Invited to address the CEC about climate change and biodiversity
Aug 2016: Our paper about forest recovery came out in Restoration Ecology
Jul 2016: Gave talks at the NACCB 2016 meeting in Wisconsin and the IMCC 2016 meeting in Newfoundland. I also participated in Tales from the Sea storytelling in St John's.
Mar 2016: Letter about Pacific herring fishery publshed in Ocean & Coastal Management.
Feb 2016: Thrilled to receive 2016-18 Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellowship
Jan 2016: My Story Collider podcast, Lessons from the Man with a Machine Gun, played on CBC's Quirks & Quarks
Oct 2015: Sustainable Canada Dialogues releases our second climate action report, Acting on Climate Change: Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians
Sep 2015: Science Integrity Project releases Statement of Principles for Sound Decision Making in Canada
Sep 2015: The Science & Tech Candidates Debate is a huge success!
Aug 2015: Thrilled to receive 2015-17 Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with CCIRA, Central Coast First Nations, NatCap, and UVic Profs. Natalie Ban and Chris Darimont
Jul 2015: Presented research at the 2015 Landscape Ecology World Congress
May 2015: Visited Kitasoo/Xai'xais Territory on the BC Central Coast to discuss upcoming research. Grateful for the opportunity and hospitality
Mar 2015: Sustainable Canada Dialogues releases our national climate action plan, Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars
Dec 2014: New paper on group sizes in African primates published in Biotropia
Nov 2014: Taking part in the SciFund Challenge Video Outreach 101 for Scientists
Oct 2014: New paper on elephants and forest regeneration published in Biotropica