Lauren has worked and published in the conservation field for almost 20 years. She has extensive experience promoting policy changes to protect and restore wildlife throughout the American West. She co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Southern Plains Land Trust, which protects grassland species on private lands in the Southern Great Plains. She’s also helped conduct conservation field projects in Africa and Mongolia, studying wild animals such as vultures, hedgehogs, African wild dogs, and Argali sheep. Lauren received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003. She never lived anywhere longer than three years until she landed in Colorado, where she’s been rooted for over 20 years.