Laura works to ensure that American Rivers’ national river conservation efforts are informed by current scientific and economic understanding and that science and economics permeate all appropriate aspects of the organization’s work. She also works to recognize and undertake opportunities for American Rivers to pursue research relevant to river conservation. Her specific areas of expertise are ecosystem ecology, nutrient dynamics, and restoration theory. Within the Restoration Program, she leads efforts to improve river restoration policy and practice and facilitates and manages dam removal projects across Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Laura joined American Rivers in 2010. Prior to American Rivers, she worked as a post-doctoral research assistant and volunteer/outreach coordinator at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland.
Education: B.S. in Biology from Susquehanna University
Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Maryland-College Park
Favorite River: Delaware River