Lauren Parker is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing an M.S. in Marine Science at California State University, Monterey Bay and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Lauren is currently conducting research investigating the dynamics of mesophotic reefs on the central California coast under the supervision of Dr. James Lindholm and Dr. Scott Hamilton.
Prior to joining the 2017 cohort of CCME scholars, Lauren graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Aquatic Biology. She spent four years working as a Research Technician for the Santa Barbara branch of the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), surveying offshore oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, and participating in a research cruise to conduct baseline surveys of the island archipelago of Tonga.
Lauren hopes to pursue a career that integrates ocean science, resource management, and science communication.