Marine Biologist, Julia Baum, National Award

An international rising star in marine conservation ecology Julia Baum, a University of Victoria marine biologist has won a prestigious award; a National award and a lucrative grant of whooping $250,000 for her research of marine conservation ecology.

Six university faculty members across Canada, Julia Baum to be one of them, are to be awarded a Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada which acknowledges “outstanding and profoundly promising faculty who are receiving a great international reputation for original research.”

Julia Baum is honored as an outspoken advocate for science-based judgments on global concerns such as climate change and overfishing is the University of Victoria’s latest Steacie Fellow.

“Julia is an inspired option and an inspirational receiver of this award,” says co-nominator Verena Tunnicliffe, likewise a globally respected marine biologist at UVic, and the Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Research. “She’s the epitome of the explorer who acknowledges, and who acts upon, the liability to contribute one’s expertise beyond academia.”

Baum inquiries about how human disorders influence the structure and elements of marine Ecology and the results of those progressions. Her exploration of the impacts of exploitation on sharks gave the primary vigorous proof that overfishing had caused sensational decreases on the planet’s shark populaces.

Baum’s examination at UVic utilizes complex factual investigations and serious hands-on work to consider how fishing and environmental change are affecting tropical coral reefs, the most diverse of marine biological communities.

Her work on Kiritimati Island (Christmas Island) in the tropical Pacific pulled in consideration when the current main El Niño occasion caused the most noticeably worst warmth stress at any point recorded on the island’s corals, leading to widespread bleaching and coral mortality. The information she is gathering there is helping analysts around the globe assess the flexibility of coral Ecology to universally rising temperatures.

Just 10 years after she completed her Ph.D., Baum has already received more than 20 fellowships and honors; wrote almost 50 peer-reviewed articles, five of them in Science, one of the best two science journals in the world; and been cited for more than 7,000 times—an extraordinary record for someone so new in their career.

Baum is also a much-sought-after speaker by the world’s top universities, a passionate advocate for women in science, and an articulate and persuasive science communicator.

“I want the science that my team and I do to matter. We devote a lot of effort to sharing our work with the public, school kids, and policy-makers—it’s the right thing to do and we love doing it,” says Baum of her motivation to effect change through research and communicating publicly about changing environmental conditions to inform public discourse and policy-makers.

Baum will be utilizing her fellowship grant to extend her investigation at Kiritimati to properly understand the factors that affect coral reef recovery following mass mortality events.

“It’s an incredible honor,” says Baum of being granted a Steacie Fellowship. “Coral reefs are one of the very sensitive ecosystems to weather change and the discoveries the scientific association makes in the next few years—along with the judgments that we make as a society about discussing climate change—are going to dictate if these ecosystems can continue throughout this century.

“I’m incredibly thankful to NSERC for this massive support. It permits me and my team to take our investigation to the next level and to push the limits of what’s known about coral reef resilience to climate change.”

Julia Baum a University of Victoria marine biologist is phenomenal by her research work which made her win the National award. The data she gathers in her passionate job is serving analysts around the globe to assess the adaptability of coral ecosystems to universally rising temperatures. On top of this, she will be utilizing this National award’s grant for marine conservation and biology research work.


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