Lauren Nolfo-Clements, PhD

Associate Dean, Administration, Operations & Planning, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor, Biology

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Lauren Nolfo-Clements is a classically trained field ecologist turned academic administrator. Their research focuses on both introduced and native mammals living in ecosystems heavily influenced by human activities. The main research questions they frequently ask are: Where are animals living? Why are they living there? and How are they surviving in that habitat? They work with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to provide these entities with data to inform their management decisions, as well as providing Community Science opportunities to local volunteers.

Dr. Nolfo-Clements (Dr. No) has taught a variety of courses on a range of topics. They especially enjoy designing courses that explore the scientific underpinnings of humans’ relationships with a variety of plant and animals species, notably cats and dogs.


  • PhD, Tulane University
  • BS, The College of New Jersey

Research Interests

  • Community Ecology
  • Habitat Selection and Movement
  • Mammalogy
  • Introduced Species

Professional Links

Publications (Selected)

  • Jarboe, J-L., and L. Nolfo-Clements. 2021. Squirrel Abundance and Habitat Suitability in the Boston Public Garden. Urban Naturalist 43:1-11.
  • Nolfo-Clements, L. 2018. Mammals of the Boston Harbor Islands: permanent and ephemeral residents. Northeastern Naturalist 25(Special Issue 9): 77-89.
  • Nolfo-Clements, L., R. Butcher, M. Leite, and M. Clements. 2017. Evidence of the Island Rule and Microevolution in White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in an Urban Harbor Archipelago. Mammal Research 62(4):123-430.
  • Nolfo-Clements, L.E. and M.D. Clements. 2015. Small mammal population dynamics and habitat use on Bumpkin Island in the Boston Harbor. Northeastern Naturalist 22(1): 14-25.
  • Nolfo-Clements, L.E. 2012. Habitat Selection by nutria in a freshwater Louisiana marsh. Southeastern Naturalist. 11(2): 183-204.

Invited Lectures, Presentations, & Panels (Selected)

  • 30 January 2021: Tracks in the Snow: An Introduction to Animal Sign. Oral Presentation and Interactive Discussion as part of Winter Wonder: A Virtual Winter Exploration hosted by Boston Harbor Now, the National Park Service (NPS), and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Via Zoom.
  • 18 June 2020: Mammals of the Boston Harbor Islands: Findings, Observations, & Guidance. Oral Presentation and Discussion with NPS and DCR employees and volunteers of the Boston Harbor Islands. Via Zoom.
  • 5 April 2019: Mammal Use of the Boston Harbor Islands: 10 Years of Research. Oral Presentation and Information Session for NPS and DCR employees. Hingham, MA.
  • 9 June 2018: Academic Interview Preparation Panel Member. Boston PDA Symposium on Collaboration and Careers in Science. Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA.
  • 17 April 2018: Understanding Interview Day and the Tenure Process Panel. Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
  • 5 September 2015: Nolfo-Clements, L.E. Natives, Newcomers, and Tourists: The Biodiversity of Boston and its Islands. Suffolk University Honors Orientation Keynote Address. Boston, MA.
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Courses Taught

  • BIO-107 The Curiosity of Cats, the Devotion of Dogs
  • BIO-109 Plants and People
  • BIO-201 Biology’s Big Questions
  • BIO-333 Ecology
  • BIO-343 Biodiversity & Conservation
  • SF-1146 A Natural History of Dogs