Lauren Reker, Non-native Invasive Species Project Coordinator
Lauren Reker joined the MountainTrue team in 2009 and has since contributed to the success of numerous invasive species control projects and monitoring initiatives which have been integral to the restoration of national forest and conservation properties comprising the habitat of federally listed or rare species.
Raised in the Valley and Ridge Province of the Appalachian Mountains, Lauren first came to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2000 to attend Warren Wilson College where she completed a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Conservation Biology in 2004. After earning a M.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Applied Ecology from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2008, Lauren returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains to work with The Nature Conservancy through the AmeriCorps Project Conserve program where she contributed to the stewardship of some of the most biologically diverse and unique natural communities in Western North Carolina.
In addition to her work with MountainTrue, Lauren has assisted the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition with field research on national forest hemlock conservation areas and the local business KD Ecological Services with the development and expansion of their applied herbivory program. Outside of her work, Lauren enjoys volunteering with local nonprofits and lending a hand around her family’s farm. She is also an active member of the Ecological Society of America, North Carolina Invasive Plant Council, the Bog Learning Network Invasive Species Committee, and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.