Lauri MacLaughlin, Resource Manager, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Lauri MacLaughlin

Resource Manager


Lauri is a sanctuary resource manager involved in researching and monitoring coral reef ecosystems. She has been with the national marine sanctuary system since 1987, when she began working for the former Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary.

Lauri has extensive experience in survey coordination and research and has participated in annual coral reef disease and condition research cruises, coral-spawning cruises, Florida Reef Resilience Program event response surveys, and regional Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary cruises.

She manages coral rescue and coral nursery partnership development for the sanctuary, providing training on coral rescue, coral relocation, and coral identification, as well as coral spawning. Lauri supports and participates in U.S. Coral Reef Task Force activities including "Responding to Coral Bleaching and Climate Change Workshops for MPA Managers" and Florida Reef Resilience workshops. She has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the Florida Coral Reef Conservation Program on the development of a mass bleaching and climate change response plan. Lauri supports and participates in other U.S. Coral Reef Task Force activities, including the implementation of local action strategies with the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative

Her primary duties include regulatory environmental permit reviews, site surveys, inspections, inter-agency coordination, permitting, injury assessment, reef restoration, and monitoring. Lauri has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, the Coastal America Partnership for Action, and the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals for her efforts in coral conservation.

Lauri received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Penn State University and a certificate of Marine Science from Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium. She has more than 2,100 logged SCUBA dives.