Lauren is a student in the Natural Resources and Earth System Sciences (NRESS) PhD program at the University of New Hampshire. In 2015, Lauren received her master’s degree from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee where she worked on understanding the impact that urbanization has on the evolutionary trajectory of species and phylogenetic diversity.

Lauren’s PhD research focuses on soil ecology in agroecosystems and is exploring ideas around nutrient cycling and plant-microbe-soil interactions. She currently works on several projects that use long term agricultural research (LTAR) sites across the midwest, including the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) in Hickory Corners, MI and the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) in Mead, NE.

Lauren is also a proficient mountain biker and competes on an elite level in the Enduro discipline. When she isn’t focused on her research, you can find Lauren on the race circuit or riding bikes for leisure. She also spends her time promoting cycling advocacy, women in cycling, women in STEM, and sustainable farming practices. She is passionate about the outdoors and is always out and about exploring on bicycle or foot, trail or road, and either solo or with good company.