Lauren is currently an Arnhold Environmental Graduate Fellow working on the Spatial Planning for Climate Change: Land Use for Conservation, Agriculture, and Energy (SPARCLE) project under the guidance of Dr. Ashley Larsen, Patrick Roehrdanz and Cameryn Brock. She is investigating changes in agricultural abandonment under different projected climate scenarios, the resulting impacts on landscape connectivity, and how future agricultural demand can be satisfied with abandoned agricultural lands. Previously, she worked in the D’Antonio VegLab at UC Santa Barbara researching fire-induced germination for chaparral plants, where she was recognized with the C.H. Muller Award for excellence in plant sciences. Lauren then completed her Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution with Distinction in the Major at UC Santa Barbara (2021). She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Environmental Science & Management degree with a Conservation Planning specialization at the Bren School. In addition to her research, she enjoys dancing Argentine tango, birding, and photographing plants and people.