Ed received a Ph.D. from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. His dissertation focused on incorporating satellite imagery into analysis of bird species distribution patterns across forested landscapes. Prior to joining ABC, he was a keeper for several zoos, managed a live trapping and relocation company in Georgia, studied water snakes for his MS degree, and was a postdoctoral research associate with the Southeast Gap Analysis Project. Over the past decade Dr. Laurent has focused on expanding the role of GIS, remote sensing and database technologies in natural resource management and has published on these methods in both the scientific and technical literature. He is also an active member of NC and Southeast Partners in Flight.