Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren has lived, worked, and traveled from the historic districts of the northeastern U.S. to the dramatic landscapes of the American west.
Her passion for conservation and the great outdoors fueled her early career as a naturalist at Sequoia National Park and with several state and nonprofit conservation agencies. After graduating with a degree in environmental writing, Lauren joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a coordinator for outreach and volunteer programs in the southwest part of the state. She spent almost two years exploring and engaging with communities in this rugged region and enjoyed fringe benefits like wrangling pronghorn antelope and tagging mountain lion cubs.
In 2013, Lauren took a four-month solo road trip around New Zealand and left her heart in the country. She later returned to work for the Department of Conservation as a communications specialist, where she wrote and photographed stories about two landscape-scale conservation initiatives and spent as much time as possible in the field with kiwis, kākā, and other New Zealand critters. She received residency in 2016, and now divides her time between the western U.S. and New Zealand, or as it’s known by the country’s native Maoris, the "Land of the Long White Cloud".
Lauren is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for sharing stories about our planet. She joined Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 2017 and looks forward to exploring more of the world’s incredible destinations with the team.
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