Laura is an accomplished research analyst with experience in population ecology, project planning, geospatial analysis, environmental policy, science communication, and foreign languages. Her interests in cultural diplomacy and conservation biology have led her through a wide range of professional experiences.
She has led projects and collaborated with research institutions, government agencies, private consulting, and NGOs to advance marine research and science communication efforts. Some of the topics she has focused on include marine pollution, fisheries policy and sustainable practices, climate adaptation solutions, and coastal biodiversity monitoring.
Laura holds a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Literature with a minor in Zoology from the University of Florida, and an M.A from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Environmental Policy (Ocean and Coastal Resource Management). A native from Colombia who has made a living in Florida, Laura is an avid cook who also loves playing soccer, biking, and spending time outdoors exploring state parks and wildlife watching.