Juliann Aukema has been Assistant Director for Research at the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station since 2021. Previously she was a Senior Climate Change Advisor with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) focused on climate change mitigation from the land sector in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to USAID, Juliann worked in academia, non-profit, government, and independent consulting. With broad conservation-oriented interests, Juliann’s applied research has included carbon measurement, climate change risk and adaptation, economics of invasive forest pests and pathogens, ecosystem services, forest management, and issues related to big data. Juliann received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona studying seed dispersal and landscape ecology and a B.S. in biology from Brown University. In addition to climate change and conservation, she has a particular and abiding interest in mistletoes, spiders, and slime molds.