Lauri Brewster

Lauri Brewster, MSConservation Biology
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Research Interests

My ultimate goal is to develop a career linking tropical ecology research with the conservation of protected areas. My research interests lie at the intersection of ecological processes and landscape changes. I am particularly interested in seed dispersal ecology, forest regeneration, and forest fragmentation. For my thesis research I am exploring the role of capuchin white-faced monkeys (Cebus capucinus) as seed dispersers throughout the fragmented landscape of Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Research Experience

Field Technician
JuneOctober 2003
Yellowstone National Park. Studied fire fuels as part of a long-term remote sensing project with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center.

Research Assistant
January 2001May 2003
University of Maine at Farmington. Researched invasive, woody plants in Western Maine.

Research Assistant
JuneAugust 2002
Caribbean National Forest, Puerto Rico. Studied the dispersion and spatial distribution of orchids.

Research Assistant
JuneAugust 2001
Sierra National Forest, California. Conducted high altitude amphibian surveys.


Barton, A. M., Brewster, L. B., Cox, A. N., and N. Prentiss. 2004. NonIndigenous Woody Invasive Plants in a Rural New England Town. Biological Invasions 6:2

Cross-Cultural Experience

Semester abroad
Chile 1998

Semester abroad
Costa Rica 2002

Summer intern
El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico 2002

Master’s thesis field research
Monteverde, Costa Rica JulyDecember 2005