Lauren’s thesis research centers on the relationships between climate, biodiversity and ecosystem services in California rangelands. She uses long-term data analysis and field experiments to test how functional relationships between plant species may moderate the impacts of increased climate variability on rangeland services such as forage production. Lauren also applies her interest in integrating science with environmental management locally, and leads a team of undergraduate researchers to develop methods to improve restoration efforts along Strawberry Creek.
* Also awarded a Philomathia fellowship in 2013-2014
- UC Berkeley