Lead Naturalist/ Manager of Science Education and Outreach
Originally from upstate NY, Laura has always maintained a passion for animals and the environment. She graduated from The University of Vermont with a B.S in Animal Sciences and a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and was employed for several years as an Internal Medicine veterinary technician at a 24-hour small animal veterinary referral hospital in Boston, MA.
Her initial whale-watching career started in 2007 studying humpback whale behavior in the Gulf of Maine with a nonprofit research organization in Gloucester, MA and has entwined wildlife conservation with animal ever since. Laura continued to work as a seasonal naturalist in addition to her full-time job. Laura spent six years as a volunteer clinical biologist for the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Department, working with critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, as well as loggerheads, greens, and leatherbacks. She loves responding to marine mammal strandings and conducting whale necropsies, which has been very exciting and rewarding work!
Laura is initiating our education and outreach program at San Juans Safaris as a lead naturalist and is excited to share her knowledge of the Salish Sea and its inhabitants with fellow staff members and the surrounding community! In her free time Laura enjoys reading (especially science non-fiction), hiking, camping, and entertaining her two cats, Mya and Bennett.