Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Lauren Mechak

  Assistant Population Biologist
Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology


  • B.S. – Biology, McGill University

About Lauren Mechak

Lauren Mechak is an Assistant Population Biologist at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology, where she works on the IMLS grant-funded Population Viability Analysis (PVA) project. Using software such as PopLink and ZooRisk, she assesses the sustainability of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ cooperatively managed animal programs. She began working at Lincoln Park Zoo in January 2014 as a research assistant, and has been in her current position since July 2014.

Lauren graduated from McGill University in 2013 with a major in biology and a focus in ecology. At McGill, she split her time between working in a herpetology laboratory and conducting independent research projects. She explored a variety of topics, including the effects of different agricultural practices on species composition and the connection between poverty and biodiversity. After graduation, she worked as an intern at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and assisted in researching orangutan conservation and in creating educational material for the citizen science program FrogWatch USA™.