The principal of Aukema Conservation Science is Juliann E. Aukema, Ph.D., who draws on a network of associated scientists and conservation practitioners for expertise as needed for specific projects.
As a conservation biologist with a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology, Aukema has spent the last ten years working on applied conservation through both scientific research and interaction with resource managers. Through this work, she has become an experienced leader who has built partnerships, led multidisciplinary teams, and moved complex projects to measurable results.
Aukema’s scientific research includes studies of landscape ecology in the Sonoran desert, tree community ecology and conservation in Puerto Rico, forest management in the Pacific Northwest, invasive forest pests in North America, and ecosystem services in several countries.
In addition to rigorous scientific work, throughout her career Aukema has successfully facilitated partnerships and working groups between and among sectors, engaging others in the teamwork necessary to achieve effective conservation. She has managed budgets, worked with foundations, supervised staff and scientists, and written successful grant proposals to support these efforts. She is fluent in Spanish.
Aukema has published in numerous scientific publications, as well as in non-technical reports. She has presented her work at national and international scientific meetings and to government agencies in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico. Her work has received attention in the Washington Post, New York Times, Miller McCune and other media outlets.
Aukema received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and her Sc.B. from Brown University; she was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow. She is also a professional researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.