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Post-Doctoral Associate - Land Use Change and Ecosystem Services, University of Vermont

Laura Sonter is a land change scientist studying the impacts of deforestation on biodiversity and ecosystem services. She is particularly interested in evaluating global forest conservation and climate change mitigation policies, and has experience working on this topic in Africa, Australia, Brazil and USA. Laura received a PhD in Global Environmental Change from the University of Queensland in 2014, and also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (First Class Honours) and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development and Mineral Resources. Currently, Laura is based at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, at the University of Vermont, USA.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Associate of Global Environmental Change, University of Vermont


  • 2014 
    The University of Queensland, Ph.D.