As a George H. Cook Scholar, Lauren is conducting climate change-research and her honors thesis involves helping to assess sea surface temperatures over the last 150,000 years in the Southern Ocean near Tasmania. This year, she earned the Outstanding Senior Award in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Lauren has assisted with two research projects on sea surface temperatures with Elisabeth L. Sikes, a paleoceanographer and professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. This past winter and spring Lauren has been analyzing sediment samples from the Southern Ocean in Nathalie Goodkin’s lab at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Lauren plans to find some lab work to gain more experience after graduation and then she wants to earn a master's degree and a doctorate.