Environmental Health Research

Lauren Burk

Lauren Burk

Staff Biologist

Lauren began her career with Mote Marine Laboratory in February 2023 as a Laboratory Technician for the Environmental Health Research Program. She previously completed two internships with the department. As a Colorado native, Lauren wanted to make a positive impact on the world's oceans and moved to Florida to pursue a degree from the University of South Florida. In May 2022, Lauren graduated with her BSc. in Marine Biology. Currently, she assists the Environmental Health Research team with maintaining the Beach Conditions Reporting System, researching environmental concerns, and aiding the development of Florida red tide mitigation and tracking technologies. Lauren also conducts community outreach to increase engagement in community science. She collaborates with other departments studying harmful algal blooms and assists with Florida red tide research projects. As a part of these efforts Lauren cultures algae to be used in experiments. Lauren has also been assisting the Coral Health and Disease program with the coral rescue efforts for the ACER program. She monitors coral health, provides coral husbandry, and collects data on water quality to ensure the continued recovery of the coral.


B.S. in Marine Biology, University of South Florida