Lauren is an ecologist, human-natural systems scientist, and writer. She works at the interface of problem-solving environmental research and science communication. Lauren completed her PhD in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources in 2015 and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University (2004) in Environmental Studies and Visual Art. She is a Visiting Scholar in Earth System Science and a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, where she teaches communications through classes focused on values of nature, sustainability, and climate change.
She is currently writing The Canary Tree (Basic Books, Hachette Book Group), a narrative science book about finding faith in the ability for people to cope with climate change impacts. Her research on how climate change affects forests ecosystems and how people adapt to climate change has been covered by The Atlantic, Scientific American, Science Friday, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Outside Magazine, Smithsonian, and other media outlets. In addition to publishing her work in academic journals, she has written for The New York Times and co-produced two environmental documentaries (Red Gold with feltsoulmedia.com and Alaska Gold with Frontline/PBS).
Lauren is interested in expanding her career further into science writing with long-form magazine writing about climate change and forest-related issues.
Find out more about Lauren on her website: www.leoakes.com
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