Julia Baum is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria, Canada. She received her BSc from McGill University, and her MSc and PhD from Dalhousie University, all in Biology. Julia subsequently held a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, followed by a Schmidt Ocean Institute postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara. Julia is an emerging leader in marine ecology and conservation biology, and is best known for her research documenting precipitous recent declines in shark populations stemming from overfishing. She has conducted field research in eleven countries including the Republic of Kiribati, the location of her current coral reef field program. Julia's research at UVic focuses on understanding how anthropogenic disturbances, from exploitation to climate change, impact marine populations and what the broader consequences of these changes are for marine community structure and function, including the ecosystem services upon which our society relies. Her research has direct relevance to ocean resource management, conservation, and policy.