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 also 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 problems and solutions. For instance, where do plants and animals live and how are they affected by people? What makes conservation practices equitable over the long-run? I care deeply that the results of research inform and guide more effective practices and policies, like land-use and conservation planning, habitat restoration, and environmental law. 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.