Laura grew up in Austin, Texas where they spent most of their time reading books about sharks and running around outside barefooted. By high school they knew that environmentalism and conservation were their life’s passion and so flew across the country to pursue a B.S. in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Laura also threw on a Environmental Science major and Conservation minor just for the heck of it. During college, they worked as a research assistant studying Monarch butterfly resource use and conservation.

Post-graduation, Laura joined the Texas Conservation Corps as a Crew Leader for 3 terms of service. There they found a passion for working outdoors, doing everything from building trails in Big Bend National Park to restoring habitat in Big Thicket National Preserve. Becoming a proficient sawyer was a particular interest of theirs. After only one season as a field coordinator for TxCC, Laura knew that they needed to return to working in the field so in 2020 they moved to San Luis Obispo to join the LCSLO team!

In their free time, Laura enjoys hiking, tide-pooling, listening to podcasts, watching comedy specials, and eating vegan donuts.