Laura grew up in rural Michigan and attended Central Michigan University, where she graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an undergrad, she was part of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at CMU. Through this program, she completed an original research project studying the vigilance behavior of Eastern chipmunks. After graduating, Laura worked as a hunting control station manager at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. She also worked as an intern for the Fish and Wildlife Service and participated in ongoing research at the USGS captive seabird colony on the refuge. Laura began her work as a master’s student at CKWRI in January 2016, where she studies mule deer movement in the Texas Panhandle under Dr. Dave Hewitt.