Postdoctoral research associate at University of Minnesota
Laura completed her Ph.D. at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015, and completed a concurrent MA in Economics. Laura’s research addresses climatic, ecological, and socioeconomic drivers of ecosystem services and their sustainable management in the face of uncertainty. A main objective of her research is to inform resource and land management strategies for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services that will be robust to global change. Her interests span multiple spatial scales and ecosystem types (e.g., forests, grasslands, and coastal/marine ecosystems), and she uses a mix of empirical and mathematical modeling approaches. Her Ph.D. research focused on (1) the impacts of temperature variability and biodiversity on global fisheries yields, and (2) the extent to which managing for ecosystem services provides an economic incentive for conservation. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at University of Minnesota with a joint appointment with the Natural Capital Project and the Departments of Applied Economics and Forest Resources. As a post-doctoral associate at UMN, co-advised by Dr. Peter Reich and Dr. Steve Polasky, she is examining how climate change impacts ecosystem services provided by Boreal forests and how management strategies can reduce those impacts. Laura has a B.S. in Marine Biology from Brown University.