Laci is an Assistant Professor of Teaching (LPSOE) in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Prior to joining EVE, she was an instructor at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa and West O'ahu campuses. Laci was born and raised in Kansas and received both her bachelor of science degree (with distinction) and PhD (with honors) from the University of Kansas. Her disciplinary research uses stable isotope analysis of tree ring chronologies to reconstruct nutrient cycling and plant physiology in US forests. Her pedagogical research focuses on instructional technology, including in-class and out-of-class engagement tools. At UCD, Laci primarily teaches the large-enrollment introductory course Biosciences 2B, in addition to EVE electives such as Global Change Ecology and the California Naturalist Certification course Wild Davis.