Hi, I'm Laura!

Laura is an ecologist, conservationist and farmer, born and raised on a family farm in the Blue Ridge mountains. Most of the year she is a professor at Mars Hill University, teaching biology, environmental science and yoga. She spends her summers outside: working at GRP and Highlands Biological Station, helping on her family’s blueberry farm and climbing whatever rocks she can find. She has worked in conservation for years including three years in Guatemala with the US Peace Corps and an AmeriCorps term with the Blue Ridge Conservancy, a land trust in Boone, NC. She holds a Masters degree in Ecology and Evolution from Appalachian State University and her academic focus is on cliff ecology. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for the natural world, especially lichens, with young people at GRP.