Dr. Lauren Esposito is a passionate science communicator, who spent her childhood as a budding naturalist exploring tidepools on a small Bahamian island with no electricity or running water. Currently, Dr. Esposito is an Assistant Curator and the Schlinger Chair of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences. Previously, she was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow (University of California, Berkeley), studying the biogeography of Caribbean arachnids in a biodiversity hotspot. Dr. Esposito's doctoral dissertation was completed at the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the City University of New York and focused on the medically important North American scorpion genus Centruroides. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Dr. Esposito’s current research investigates the patterns and processes of evolution in spiders, scorpions, and their venoms. A passionate educator, she has organized education programs on the importance of conserving biodiversity in local communities throughout the Americas, developed a nationally-distributed digital science curriculum, and has taught courses on a range of topics. Dr. Esposito leads a field-based conservation biology course for students at Columbia University and teaches professional development courses for educators.