Lauren is currently a Regional Natural Resource Specialist for the U.S. Air Force Environmental Center of Excellence, working to support seven Air Force Bases in California. She started as an ORISE Intern at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground and then moved into civil service at Dugway, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and now Travis Air Force Base. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and University of California Berkeley with a Masters in Range Management in 2016. She served as Secretary for the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society for almost four years (2009-2012) and Treasurer for NMFWA since 2014. Lauren was a part of the Vandenberg Natural Resource Team when it won the 2011 Department of the Air Force Thomas D. White Award for Outstanding Natural Resources Management and the 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Military Conservation Partner Award. As a military wildlife biologist she has implemented state-wide bat monitoring protocols in Utah, created a base-specific bat monitoring program at Vandenberg, managed complex listed species issues, worked to further white-nose syndrome awareness, built experimental bat condos, wrangled permitting issues from Section 7 to 404, and strategic planning and implementation of invasive species management at four California bases. Lauren’s field work experience with threatened California red-legged frogs, bats, herps, raptors, and endangered California least tern and unarmored threespine stickleback have kept her grounded and mindful of the value of conservation. Lauren has wonderful parents, a twin sister, and a ginger fiancé; she enjoys acroyoga, hiking, volleyball, skiing, art, a good book, the quiet beauty of the desert, the striking power of the coast, and (since finishing her new degree) the tremendous biodiversity and ecological complexity of California grasslands.