Laura (she/her) is a communications assistant at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. She joined the team in February 2018. As a communications assistant, she develops social media content, writes news stories about current and upcoming ocean initiatives, and supports the COS team in sharing their research.
Laura is a coterm master's student in the Earth Systems, Environmental Communication Program. She received her B.S. in Biology with a focus on marine biology. Broadly, she is interested in connecting scientific knowledge with policy action to spark equitable ocean solutions. While at Stanford, she has spent one academic quarter and two summers at Hopkins Marine Station, studying organisms in the Monterey intertidal zone and assisting with kelp forest ecology research in the Micheli Lab. Her graduate studies now emphasize environmental law and policy, environmental education, and environmental justice research frameworks.
In addition to her role at COS, Laura has worked with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program as a Hollings Undergraduate Scholar and with the Environmental Defense Fund Oceans program as a Schneider Fellow. She also served as a dorm resident assistant, a biology peer advisor, and a teaching assistant for introductory oceanography and environmental communication courses at Stanford.
Laura hopes to share her passion for marine ecosystems through positive and engaging communication. In her free time, she loves going hiking, cheering on the Washington Nationals (2019 World Series champs!) and playing saxophone in the band.