Laura came to Manomet in 2013 to build of the constituency of people who take action for shorebird conservation on the Delaware Bay, combining two of her passions—wildlife and solving environmental problems with people. Her portfolio has expanded to work with WHSRN site partners throughout the Western Hemisphere, utilizing the same social marketing skills that were used in the Delaware Bay. Working as the Community Engagement Coordinator is always interesting and rewarding with activities ranging from midnight horseshoe crab surveys with volunteers, creating conservation artwork with hundreds of students, and conducting workshops across the Hemisphere.
Laura coordinates the Celebrate Delaware Bay project and its collaborative strategies for engaging new audiences in shorebird and horseshoe crab conservation on the Delaware Bay. Using her experiences on the Delaware Bay and social marketing best practices, Chamberlin has created a community engagement toolkit for WHSRN sites and is working with WHSRN sites on the development of strategic community engagement programs for successful shorebird conservation.
Prior to Manomet, Laura managed the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative at the Alice Ferguson Foundation and co-founded the Trash Free Maryland Alliance, focusing on social marketing, policy, infrastructure, and enforcement solutions for litter and waste. Laura also worked on public land conservation in eastern California and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. Laura received a BS in Animal Science with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Rhode Island.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys all things food including gardening, food preservation, cooking, baking, and of course, eating. If there is a little extra spare time, Laura will be traveling, playing outside, or reading inside with her dog and cat.