I work as the national director of conservation science and research, and the Weston Family senior scientist, at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). I'm an adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia.
I've worked in research, conservation, consulting, and teaching across western North America, East Africa, and Central America for 20 years. My scientific work is very 'applied', i.e., grounded in real life problem and solutions. For instance, where do plants and animals live and how are they affected by people? What makes conservation practices effective and equitable over the long-run? This means that research findings feed into practical things making a difference, like land-use and conservation planning, habitat restoration, and environmental law, and policy. I'm a big fan of science communication and outreach, including public talks, storytelling, and media engagement. And I love to hike, bike, paddle, and garden.
My email address is aerin . jacob at natureconservancy . ca. You can also find me on Twitter or LinkedIn.