Lauri Leach received her Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of Rhode Island. She spent several years working as a veterinary technician, wildlife rehabilitator, and conservation biologist before pursuing a Master of Science degree in marine biology at the University of Maine. Her current research focuses on changing predator-prey interactions between pinnipeds and diadromous fish as a result of restoration efforts in the Penobscot River Estuary. Other research interests include wildlife health and conservation. Her hometown is Westborough, MA. In her free time, Lauri enjoys hiking, kayaking, and wildlife photography.
Leach was awarded the Knauss Fellowship and will be collaborating with the Marine Mammal Commission.