Laura currently holds the position of Director of Conservation at the National Aquarium, where she manages staff, volunteers, and interns in conjunction with the Aquarium’s conservation objectives. Her primary focus is on regional Chesapeake Bay issues and promoting individual, community, corporate and legislative actions that will improve Bay health. Areas of interest include community-based habitat restoration, sustainable seafood, climate change adaptation, marine debris, environmental education and gardening for wildlife. She holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She has worked at the National Aquarium since 2002.