From 1991 to 2001, Lauren volunteered with the Avian Collections Managers at the Transvaal Museum of Natural History and the University of Pretoria. She studied mate selection strategies of invertebrates with colleagues at the University.
In 1997, Lauren worked in Australia on a comparative study of two species of Treecreepers. During 1998, she was in Zambia on a study of Black-cheeked Lovebirds. In 1999, Lauren was in Madagascar, working on a study of Madagascar Scops Owl.
Since 2001, Lauren has been working with Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology Laboratory in Venus, Florida. Lauren has been monitoring and managing a population of endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) at the Avon Park Air Force Range, facilitating population growth and dispersion by translocation yearlings and promoting recruitment through the creation of artificial roost and nest cavities. The population is no longer considered critically small, and is at a stage at which productivity and recruitment appear to be resulting in population growth.
Lauren’s future plans with Archbold are to generate multiple publications based on the data collected on the RCW population demography at Avon Park and RCW dispersal patterns within the state of Florida.
In 2009, Lauren married her partner and co-author from South Africa, Dr. Philip (Bill) Bateman, and continues to collaborate with him on research. She has also been working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life community. She is the Team Development Chair for her community’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising festival.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Bondo, K.J., L.N. Gilson, and R. Bowman. 2008. Anvil use by the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120(1):217-221.
Bateman, P.W., L.N. Gilson, and J.W.H. Ferguson. 2001. Investment in mate guarding may compensate for constraints on ejaculate production in the cricket Gryllodes sigillatus. Ethology 107:12.
Bateman, P.W., L.N. Gilson, and J.W.H. Ferguson. 2001. Male size and sequential mate preference in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus. Animal Behaviour 61:3.
News Article on Lauren from Highlands Today: Two Birds in her hand.