Courtney Aiken – Wildlife Research Coordinator
Courtney reviews and analyzes wildlife use and activity throughout the Irvine Ranch Open Space area. She works closely with a team of volunteers to manage the network of camera traps and provides field support to maintain equipment. Her work will enhance the knowledge base of wildlife activity patterns in the Irvine Ranch Open Space and will explore how humans, land management strategies, and location can influence wildlife activity. Courtney has conducted several camera trap studies including a project analyzing animal activity patterns in and around the Hollywood Bowl. Prior to joining the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Courtney worked as an independent contractor for various ecological firms in Los Angeles. Courtney has both a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Master of Science in Urban Ecology degree from Loyola Marymount University.