The Drop-In Manager

Lauren Cooley

Lauren is a second year graduate student in Dr. Birgitte McDonald’s Vertebrate Ecology Lab. Her thesis research focuses on stress physiology in juvenile northern elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park. When not in the field working with marine mammals, Lauren coordinates MLML social media and works as a student assistant in the MLML/MBARI Research Library. She is passionate about science communication, marine conservation, and the intersection of the two.

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