Aireona Bonnie Raschke is currently a research analyst with the Conservation Solutions Lab and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. Her work there focuses on investigating the characteristics and contexts of community engagement in biodiversity conservation, and elements of local participation that make conservation more or less successful in a social and environmental sense.
Previously, Aireona was a PhD student with the Center for Biology and Society’s 4E lab, where she studied both social and conservation-relevant aspects of whale watching in the Caribbean. Her other research includes monitoring populations of the endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel, comparing native and invasive seed propagation along highways, and communication and polymorphism in social insects.
Aireona is also a core member of Graduates in Integrative Society & Environment (GISER) at ASU, and serves as the volunteer coordinator for RealtimeSTEAM, a nonprofit that specializes in science outreach and is known for its innovative methods of outreach via science panels at Phoenix Fan Fest (formerly Phoenix Comicon).