Aerin Jacob

AerinJacob2Aerin Jacob, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria and a Wilburforce Fellow in Conservation Science Fellow. Trained as an ecologist, she works to develop management strategies that incorporate local, Indigenous, and scientific knowledge to achieve conservation objectives while maintaining human well-being. She works with First Nations communities in British Columbia to study the environmental and socioeconomic outcomes of marine management in the Great Bear Rainforest. Aerin is also a member of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a network of scholars developing viable, science-based policy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and guide sustainable development in Canada. Her previous work includes studies of land-use change, restoration ecology, and animal behaviour in East Africa and western North America. Aerin earned her PhD at McGill University and her BSc at the University of British Columbia.

Selected publications

Gogarten*, J.F., A.L. Jacob*, R.R. Ghai, J.M. Rothman, D. Twinomugisha, and C.A. Chapman. (2015Group size dynamics over 15+ years in an African forest primate community. Biotropica. 47 (1): 101-122. *equal co-first authors

Potvin, C., et al. (2015) An excerpt from Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars. Journal of Environmental Investing. 6 (1): 97-103.

Omeja, P.A., A.L. Jacob, M.J. Lawes, J.S. Lwanga, J.M. Rothman, C. Tumwesigye, and C.A. Chapman. (2014) Do changes in elephant abundance affect forest composition or regeneration? Biotropica. 46: 704-711.

Jacob, A.L., T.R. Bonnell, N. Downhiak, and J. Hartter. (2014) Topographic and spectral data resolve land cover misclassification to distinguish and monitor wetlands in western Uganda. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 94: 114-12.

Jacob, A.L., S.J. Wilson, and S.L. Lewis. (2014) Ecosystem services: Forests are more than just sticks of carbonNature. 507(7492): 306.

Jacob, A.L., I. Vaccaro, R. Sengupta, J. Hartter, and C.A. Chapman. (2008) Integrating landscapes that have experienced rural depopulation and ecological homogenization into tropical conservation planning. Tropical Conservation Science. 1(4): 307-320.


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