Laura grew up in the Mojave Desert, but her first science project was inspired by a visit to the tidepools near Scripps pier. After studying political science and working in public relations in Los Angeles, she returned full circle to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to study how pollution affects coastal water quality. She now works for the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, where she helps public agencies advance climate-smart stormwater management strategies. Laura is stoked to be collecting data on ocean health by riding a Smartfin, and to be supporting the Blue Water Task Force in monitoring water quality and raising public awareness about coastal water pollution.