Lauren Bennett is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability where she studies ecosystem science and management. She obtained her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology and B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Purdue. Last summer, Lauren worked for the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens where she worked to care for their extensive collection. Her areas of interest include animal behavior and habitat restoration.