Julia Baum

Associate Professor, Biology, University of Victoria

Coral reefs, climate change, fisheries, ocean conservation, sharks, women in science



Julia Baum is Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She earned her BSc from McGill University, and her MSc and PhD from Dalhousie University, all in Biology. Baum subsequently held a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, followed by a Schmidt Ocean Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), UC Santa Barbara. A leader in marine conservation, Baum is well known for her research documenting precipitous declines in shark populations and her analyses of the global state of marine fisheries; she has published these discoveries in the journal Science as well as top ecology and conservation journals. Baum was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences in 2011 and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation in 2017. She is an Alumna of the Global Young Academy and a current member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Baum's current research program focuses on understanding how overfishing and climate change are impacting marine ecosystems and how we can ensure the persistence of resilient marine ecosystems over the long-term.


  • Coral reefs
  • Climate change
  • Fisheries
  • Ocean conservation
  • Sharks
  • Women in science