Laura Carroll, Development Assistant, was raised in Nevada County in a large family of outdoor enthusiasts. Under the guidance of an environmental mentor, Laura began backpacking around the Sierra Nevada at the age of eight. From this young age Laura harbored a sense of belonging among the tall trees and large granite slabs that cover the Sierra Nevada landscape.
After high school Laura relocated to Humboldt County to pursue her education. While living behind the redwood curtain, Laura developed a love for botany and watershed ecology. During her senior year she conducted benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification as an indicator for ecosystem health in a post-restoration tidal slough.
Laura spent a field season working with the U.S. Forest Service as a plant specialist in Stanislaus National Forest. Here she conducted botany surveys looking at successional changes of plant species in the forest after major disturbance caused by the Rim Fire. During this time she developed a deep appreciation for the flora of the Sierra Nevada.
Growing up in the Sierra Nevada and being surrounded by enthusiastic environmental stewards as a child brought Laura to a degree in Ecological Restoration and a deep understanding and appreciation for the natural systems upon which we rely. Laura graduated from Humboldt State University in December of 2016. She joined The Sierra Fund staff as Development Assistant in March of 2017.
Laura enjoys making art, staying active outdoors, and cooking creatively with local, seasonal vegetables. Laura enjoys spending free time kayaking and hiking with friends and her darling dog Roxy.