Lauren was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but has always felt drawn to learning about the
natural world and extinction. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State
University of New York at New Paltz, and a Professional Certificate in Museum Studies from
Northwestern University. Lauren moved to Nevada in 2014 to pursue a PhD in Geoscience,
completing dissertation research on mammoth paleoecology in Southern Nevada and California.
She currently serves as the Natural History Collections Manager at the Las Vegas Natural
History Museum and will be the Guest Scientist for Tule Springs Fossil Beds National
Monument starting in June 2020. Lauren’s research interests center around Pleistocene
mammoths and how their populations were affected by factors like predation and climate
change. Her favorite places to do fieldwork are Channel Islands National Park and Southern
Nevada but she is equally at home within museum collections.