Education and Research Program Manager
Lauren is a scientist dedicated to promoting organic agriculture and developing sustainable food systems. She discovered her passion for agroecology as an undergraduate at Boston University where she collaborated on a research project evaluating the ecosystem services provided by bats in organic pecan orchards. It was here that she became curious about where our food comes from and how agricultural production practices affect the environment and human health.
Since then, she has conducted research around the globe, working with small-holder farmers in Sri Lanka, Kenya, and the U.S. Throughout her PhD., she worked closely with local organic farmers in NY State to design applied research evaluating the environmental, nutritional, and economic outcomes of diversified agricultural practices. A primary objective was to evaluate the potential for crop varietal mixtures to mitigate the need for pesticides by increasing natural pest control services and maximize growers’ profits by reducing production costs associated with mixed species plantings.
Lauren holds a B.A. in Ecology & Conservation Biology from Boston University and is completing her PhD. in agroecology and sustainable food systems from Cornell University. She is excited to join an incredible team committed to improving our nation’s food system, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to advance organic practices through research and education.
In her free time, Lauren loves enjoying the outdoors with her partner and their dog, cooking delicious food for friends and family, and dancing salsa.