About Lauren Mechak
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™.
Lauren joined the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology in January 2014 as a research assistant for the IMLS grant-funded Population Viability Analysis (PVA) project. Now an associate population biologist, she uses software such as ZooRisk and PopLink to help assess the long-term sustainability of AZA animal programs. She is excited to work and learn alongside members of the zoo community.