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Aireona Bonnie Raschke

Aireona Bonnie Raschke

Postdoctoral Research Analyst, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Bonnie.Raschke@asu.edu

Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402

Titles

  • Research Analyst, Conservation Solutions Lab, ASU Chemonics International
  • Postdoctoral Research Analyst, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Biography

Aireona Bonnie Raschke is a research analyst working with the Conservation Solutions Lab in the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, and is also affiliated with the Conservation Innovation Lab. Her current research aims to uncover information about characteristics that make community engagement in conservation an effective tool for enhancing resident well-being and biodiversity health. Besides community engagement in conservation, Aireona is currently interested in researching interdisciplinary topics such as ecotourism and local ecological knowledge.

Her past work has covered a wide range of topics, all connected to biodiversity conservation. For her PhD, she examined social, economic, and conservation-related aspects of whale watching in the Caribbean in order to determine under what conditions this form of nature tourism can provide long-term benefits for local people and cetaceans. Before that, she worked on projects monitoring the endangered Mt. Graham Red squirrel population, examining invasive plants along Arizona’s roadways, and learning more about social insect communication and the import of polymorphism.