Lauren Augustine is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 established conservationist grant winners. A life-long herpetology lover, Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of North Carolina Asheville and her Master’s degree in Conservation Science and Policy from George Mason University. Having worked at four different zoos, Lauren has extensive knowledge about a wide variety of herpetological species and husbandry practices. She is the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan coordinator for three different species of box turtle and the studbook keeper for Cuban crocodiles. Lauren manages conservation programs in Missouri, Ecuador, Cuba, and Vietnam through the St. Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute. Her work led to the development of the WildCare Institute’s Crocodile Research and Conservation in Cuba Program, which takes a one-health approach to the conservation of the critically endangered Cuban crocodile. Lauren is also the founder of a non-profit organization focusing on salamander research and conservation.