Laura is a trained scientist with a passion for graphic communication, stakeholder engagement, and natural resource management. In May 2022, she completed a Master of Science in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and, prior to her graduate work, earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the same institution. This background makes Laura a go-to resource for information on a breadth of topics ranging from ecosystem ecology to environmental law to geographic information systems (GIS). Additionally, Laura is skilled in team-building, coordination, and instruction—drawing from experience across a variety of organizations, including the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps. Laura’s subject matter expertise—combined with her empathetic nature—brings an approach to CDR’s work that prioritizes communal understanding of even the most complex topics through transparency, thoughtful data visualization, and inclusivity. Outside of the office, you can find her soaking up the Colorado sunshine across hiking trails, ski slopes, and climbing crags.