Lauren E. Oakes

Scientist, Author, and Educator in Portola Valley, California

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I am an ecologist, human-natural systems scientist, and science writer. I work at the interface of problem-solving environmental research and science communication. I earned my PhD from Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (2015) and my bachelor’s degree from Brown University (2004) in Environmental Studies and Visual Art.

I currently teach at Stanford University, and I'm writing The Canary Tree (Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, 2018), a narrative science book about finding faith in the ability for people to cope with climate change impacts. My research on how climate change affects forests ecosystems and how people adapt to climate change has been covered by The Atlantic, Scientific American, Science Friday, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Outside Magazine, Smithsonian, and other media outlets. In addition to publishing in journals such as Ecology and Society and Biological Conservation, I have written for The New York Times (Green Blog) and co-produced two environmental documentaries (Red Gold with and Alaska Gold with Frontline/PBS).

I am interested in expanding my career further into science writing with long-form magazine writing about climate change and forest-related issues.

  • Education
    • Stanford University (PhD, Environment & Resources, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences)
    • Brown University (A.B., 2004, Environmental Studies & Visual Art)