Laura Young contributes significantly to a number of initiatives at the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research. She conducts trainings and provides user support for various online tools developed at the Institute, including the Great Lakes Watershed Management System and the Sensitive Areas Identification System. She also assists with project management, software testing and user evaluations. Her research interests include evaluating outcomes from environmental decision support systems and understanding ways to improve communication about modeling and its inherent uncertainty between researchers and stakeholders working on complex environmental issues. She is starting a graduate program in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Agriscience and a B.A. in Russian from MSU.