Professor and Executive Director for Public Service and External Affairs, Odum School of Ecology /
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, School of Law
University of Georgia
Laurie, an environmental attorney, is also the Director for Policy of the UGA River Basin Center where her current research interests include transboundary management of water resources, payment for ecosystem services, land conservation to protect water quality, supply and biodiversity and the pedagogy of sustainability science and experiential learning. She earned her LL.M. degree from the University of Washington, her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia and her B.A. degree from the University of the South.
Laurie teaches experiential service learning courses that allow graduate students to work across disciplines, applying policy, design and ecological principles to manage and protect water and other natural resources for diverse stakeholder clients at the federal, state and local level. She currently leads a team of 70 faculty and administrator in developing and implementing Watershed UGA, using the restoration of UGA’s campus streams and lakes as a living laboratory to promote sustainability across the three missions of the land-grant university: teaching, research and public service and outreach, as well as facilities/ground management. She is also helping develop the Odum School of Ecology’s new Bachelor of Arts program in (Translational) Ecology.