Lauren Kuehne

Occupation: Research Scientist 

Affiliation: University of Washington

Lauren’s Research: freshwater ecology and conservation, invasive species, climate change


B.S.  The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

M.S. School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

PhD Not yet

Favorite Plant Species: Diatoms generally (Skeletonema is my favorite)

Best Sampling Road Trip:  Bering-Aleutian Salmon International Survey (BASIS), Bering and Chukchi Seas, October 2007

Places I’ve Lived: Louisiana, Utah, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Australia

In my Field Backpack: Sunscreen(!), range finder, GPS, thermometer, pencils, write-in-the-rain notebook, camera, spare pencils, fish id book

My First Tree Planting: I caught my first wild phytoplankton in Budd Inlet, Olympia, and beheld it shortly thereafter under a microscope at The Evergreen State College.  Evergreen was where spent several years tracking elusive toxic marine plankton, and becoming an ecologist along the way.  I’ve since ‘migrated’ inland to focus on freshwater fish populations, but find that principles of conducting and communicating relevant research which positively impacts society transcends disciplines.

My Most Recent Tree Planting: I spent six weeks traipsing around the beautiful Arizona desert attached to 40 pounds of gear.  Sometimes we would stop hiking, catch and identify all the fish, throw them back, and then keep going to the next spot. Sometimes we got back to camp in time for dinner, but not usually.  It was awesome!

Places I’ve Done Research:

  1. San Juan Islands
  2. Puget Sound
  3. Central Oregon
  4. Neah Bay
  5. Bering and Chukchi Seas
  6. Arizona
  7. Seattle

Lauren’s Contact Info:

▪  Email Lauren at

▪  Follow Lauren on Twitter at: @lkwander

▪  Learn more about Lauren’s research at:

** Lauren’s research has been funded by a variety of sources, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Olden Research Lab.  Also family, friends, friends-of-friends, and absolute strangers through a recent crowdfunding campaign. 

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