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Lauren Cooper

Program Director, Forest Carbon & Climate Program, Department of Forestry, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Michigan State University

Lauren Cooper leads the Forest Carbon and Climate Program for the Forestry Department and has experience in forest carbon project development and wood utilization linkages to sustainability. She has projects looking at socio-ecological carbon cycling, conservation incentives, and carbon storage in wood utilization. She has international experience in Peru, Mexico, and Ecuador, and previously worked in Washington, D.C. at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Her expertise is in policy implementation, impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, knowledge transfer, and sustainable land management.


  • Ph.D. Forestry, Human Dimensions of Forestry, Michigan State University (2017 – current)
  • M.S. Environmental Policy & Planning, University of Michigan, 2012
  • M.U.P. (Masters of Urban Planning), Land Use & Environmental Planning, University of Michigan, 2012
  • B.A. Arts, History, Colonial Society, Landscape Change & Vulnerable Populations, Wayne State University, 2007