Laura studies the cultural and political dimensions of ecological management. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University in the Department of Natural Resources.
Her research draws on the fields of environmental history, science and technology studies (STS), and ecology to investigate:
- The history of ecological restoration in the United States
- The construction of ecological knowledge and its use in environmental management
- The relationship between ideational change and environmental change
- The impact of human activities on the ecology and evolution of wetland species
- The emergence of biogeographical frameworks (e.g. biomes, ecosystems) and how they shape our understandings of the natural world