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Past: Orig­i­nally from Cal­i­for­nia’s Bay Area, Lau­ren has lived, worked and trav­eled in the his­toric dis­tricts of the north­east­ern United States and the dra­matic land­scapes of the Amer­i­can West. Her pas­sion for con­ser­va­tion and the great out­doors fu­eled her early ca­reer as a nat­u­ral­ist with the US Na­tional Park Ser­vice and sev­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal education cen­tres. She later worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and en­joyed fringe benefi ts like wran­gling pronghorn an­te­lope and tag­ging moun­tain lion cubs. In 2013, Lau­ren took a four- month solo road trip around New Zealand and left her heart in the coun­try. She re­turned to work for the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion as a com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist, where she wrote and pho­tographed sto­ries about two huge- scale con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives and spent as much time as pos­si­ble in the fi eld with ki­wis, kaka, and other New Zealand crit­ters. She re­ceived res­i­dency in 2016, and now di­vides her time be­tween the western United States and Aotearoa. Present: Lau­ren re­cently com­pleted her fi rst sea­son as a pho­tog­ra­phy in­struc­tor with Lind­blad Ex­pe­di­tions- Na­tional Ge­o­graphic cruis­ing the Inside Pas­sage of south­east­ern Alaska. She spent a month com­bin­ing her love of ma­jes­tic land­scapes and dis­cussing the fi ner de­tails of f- stops and white bal­ance, and still can’t be­lieve she is paid to do this. Fu­ture: She is re­turn­ing to Otago this spring to pho­to­graph and ex­plore more of New Zealand’s land­scape, and to pre­pare for an­ther sea­son of tours in the Pacifi c North­west.

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