Ecologist, Estuary Technical Group, Institute for Applied Ecology
Laura Brown is an Ecologist in the Estuary Technical Group at IAE, where she works on monitoring the effectiveness of numerous estuary restoration projects along the Oregon coast. Her tasks involve data analysis, report writing and field work on a variety of projects and parameters.
Laura earned her M.S. in Biology from Louisiana State University in 2012, where she studied oyster reef restoration and how varying restoration techniques affect the ecosystem services provided by oyster reefs, such as improved water quality and habitat availability for fishes and invertebrates. Her research provided suggestions to managers about how to create a reef that provides desired ecosystem services over time, as well as the need to document restoration activities so that others can learn from them.
Laura received her Bachelor’s in Biology at the University of North Carolina in 2010 with a minor in Marine Sciences. During undergrad, Laura spent all of her summers interning at UNC’s Institute for Marine Science doing research on the effects of overfishing, shoreline erosion and mitigation attempts, as well as predator-prey relationships on oyster reefs.
When not at her desk, or in a marsh, you can find Laura somewhere outside, either running, hiking or mountain biking with her dog, Queso.