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Lauren Philips

Ph.D. student, Graduate student representative


  • Advisor: Thomas Albright
  • Thesis Title: Modeling the effects of subsistence livelihoods on mammalian occupancy and understanding the importance of values held by Miskito forest users for carnivore conservation in working forests

I am a biogeographer and doctoral research fellow at the University of Nevada, Reno. My current research focuses on ecological modeling for threatened neotropical migrants and UAS applications in wildlife conservation. In my pursuit of wildlife research, I aim to conduct research that recognizes the needs of indigenous and other remote cultures and balances them with the long-term health of threatened ecosystems. My scholarly work to date is strongly rooted in the Coupled Human and Natural Systems of Nicaragua. I am interested in combining rigorous ecological research with collaborative conservation practice. I am currently expanding my statistical modeling, remote sensing, UAS, and GIS skillsets, in the Laboratory for Conservation Biogeography with mentor Dr. Thomas Albright.


  • M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, 2017, Michigan State University
  • B.S. Zoology, 2012, Michigan State University, Honors College       


  • Phillips, L., S. Zlotnik, M. Zipple, K. Burnett, and T. Doan. 2017. Prevalence of Saurian Malaria in Anolis Lizards of La Selva, Costa Rica. The Herpetological Review 48(4):770-771.