Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative Assistant
Lauria McShane joined PEC’s staff in October 2023 as an assistant to the Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative. Prior to joining PEC, Lauria graduated from Sweet Briar College in May of 2023 with her B.S. in Biology. Lauria also studied in the Conservation, Biodiversity and Society program at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in the fall of 2022.
Shortly after graduation, Lauria worked with the James River Association as a riparian buffer steward where she completed site visits and reports to help landowners fund and maintain their CREP sites. Lauria also studied and worked in sustainable agriculture productions at her campus greenhouse, garden and apiary where she discovered a passion for producing food in a way that respects the environment and the community. Lauria also works for Seven Bends Native Plant Nursery as part of their marketing team. In her spare time, she can be found gardening, horseback riding, beekeeping, hiking or reading.