Laura manages the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) project which brings the commitment, influence and moral authority of religions for the protection of the world’s rainforests and the indigenous peoples that serve as their guardians. Laura also supports the BID-REX Interreg project aiming to facilitate the use of biodiversity information by decision-makers and increase the impact of EU regional funds for the preservation of the European natural heritage.
Before joining WCMC, Laura has had a varied career working as a scientist, university teacher and administrator. As a conservation scientist, she worked for several years mostly on the ecology and conservation of riparian mammals while also striving to translate the scientific findings into concrete conservation actions. She has a long-standing expertise on grant proposals and PhD student training having been a Research Grants Administrator and a Training Facilitator at the University of Cambridge. Laura holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Trieste (Italy), an MSc in Ecology from the University of Durham and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Oxford.
The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative involves many different organisations and people around the world and requires therefore effective operational support to manage this set-up which Laura provides by facilitating the smooth running of the project. She also provides technical support in the production of the educational materials for the project.
Laura manages the project and supports the WCMC communications team in the delivery of the communication strategy for this project, ensuring that outputs are disseminated and that events are well publicised.