The Drop-In Editor

Lauren Cooley has been Editor of The Drop-In Blog since March 2020. She is a third year graduate student in Dr. Birgitte McDonald’s Vertebrate Ecology Lab. Her thesis research focuses on stress physiology in juvenile northern elephant seals. When not in the field at Año Nuevo State Park conducting elephant seal research, Lauren works as the Social Media Coordinator for Moss Landing Marine Labs and the Stranding Coordinator for the MLML Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Stranding Network. She is passionate about science communication, marine conservation, and the intersection of the two.

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