Lauren is a terrestrial ecologist with a focus on processes in Australian ecosystems. Her research involves a diversity of topics including carbon and nutrient cycling, vegetation quality and carbon assessment, plant regeneration strategies, plant interactions with soil, and plant responses to changing climate and fire regimes. Her recent work assesses fire impacts on ecosystems using a suite of integrated methods based on field and remotely sensed data, which are integrated into models for predicting effects of changing climate and fire regimes on ecosystem persistence and carbon stability. Lauren currently co-leads a substantive forest carbon and water project within the Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research program. She is also the co-coordinator of the Masters subject Ecological Restoration (FRST90034), which focuses on the theory and practice of restoring ecosystems in a changing world. Outside of work, Lauren likes to eat, sing, look at trees, and hike (preferably up hills).