Lara thinks climate change is everybody's problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. A co-founder of EcoAdapt, she serves as the Executive Director and Chief Scientist. She is an author of many foundational works on climate change adaptation including "Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems" and "Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World". She has also published on the implications of climate change on freshwater and marine fisheries, as well as the range of potential approaches to increasing fisheries resilience, including "The State of Climate-Adaptation in U.S. Marine Fisheries Management" and "A Three-Step Decision Support Framework for Climate Adaptation." She has served on the unfairly maligned, vitally important Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a United States Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medalist. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, creating their international Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in Ecology and her B.A. in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Because she's an optimist she assumes we'll get our acts together on climate change–who would want the alternative.