Laurel Dwyer holds a B.S. in Environmental Science (2009) from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Her academic concentration was centered on Environmental Biology, with academic minors in Mathematics and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology . She graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was an Honors Program Scholar. In 2009, Laurel was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Laurel’s senior honors research thesis was titled “Predator-Induced Plasticity in Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum”. This research focused on how a particular environmental cue can affect the larval development, behavior, and metamorphosis of the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum). Laurel presented her research at the 2009 annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in Boston, MA. She also gave a talk at the Biology Undergraduate Research Colloquium at the University of Connecticut, where her presentation earned her the Outstanding Senior in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Award.
At UConn, Laurel was a member of the Husky Ambassadors Club as well as the Biology Club. Laurel is an avid traveler, camper, and naturalist. She has always enjoyed theater, dance, and music.
Laurel completed her Master of Business Administration degree at the College of Business Administration, University of Rhode Island.