Rebecca Aicher, Adjunct Faculty
Rebecca Aicher, PhD, is an ecologist and science policy professional working to support the use of scientific evidence in decision-making and to improve how the science community collaborates. Rebecca has experience working in non-profit organizations, academic institutions and federal agencies, and her work focuses on integrating scientific research into policy at the international, national, and local levels. She is passionate about connecting ecological research to effective environmental policy that protects and preserves natural ecosystems balanced with the needs of human communities.
Currently, she is a community engagement manager at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) working to support effective communication and engagement within the scientific community and with broader audiences including Congress and the public. Before joining AAAS, Rebecca was a senior policy analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute working with a multidisciplinary research team to better understand the effects of the introduction and establishment of aquatic invasive species in novel ecosystems to inform ballast water regulations. Prior to that, she worked as a research scientist on indicators of climate change and the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems. As an AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the U.S. EPA in the Office of Research and Development, Rebecca worked on issues related to fisheries and natural resource management, and collaborated with a team of scientists and policy makers to produce a peer-reviewed report that evaluates the potential impacts of large-scale mining on salmon ecosystems in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Rebecca received her PhD in biology from the University of California Irvine and B.S. in biology from the George Washington University. Her graduate research focused on understanding the impacts of non-native species on the restoration of native California grassland and oak woodland ecosystems.