Laura Klappenbach

Ecology Expert


M.S., Applied Ecology, Indiana University Bloomington

B.S., Biology and Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Biologist, ecologist, and science writer


Laura Klappenbach is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles on wildlife for 15 years. She has been published in media including Flipboard onĀ animals ranging from mites to blue whales.


Laura Klappenbach has bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's in environmental science and ecology from Indiana University-Bloomington.

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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