Dr. Aireona Raschke

Dr. Aireona Raschke

Dr. Aireona Raschke is a political ecologist specializing in community conservation and sustainable tourism development. She has 10 years of experience working in international biodiversity conservation, and she has worked on finding ways to balance human and environmental well-being in Namibia, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the mainland United States previously. Most recently, she was the primary research analyst with the Conservation Solutions Lab, a project in which she carried out a global evaluation of community conservation strategies via machine learning and systematic review methodologies. She has designed and implemented stakeholder consultations for a RAND Corporation recovery and resilience building project in Puerto Rico focused on developing a comprehensive, sustainable tourism development strategy for the island in 2018. She was also the lead designer and researcher on a USAID, Rufford Foundation, and Global Foundation for Democracy and Development funded project evaluating the environmental and social impacts of the whale watching industry in the Caribbean. This project coupled interdisciplinary analysis, and stakeholder consultation and participation, and resulted in a comprehensive report for ongoing sustainable management. Finally, at the beginning of her career, she worked as an ecologist in Arizona, her home state, studying invasive plants, social insects, and endangered mammals.

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