Lauren was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska, and obtained a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts. She was hired as a research assistant for SEASWAP in 2009 where she studied under Jan Straley and Dr. Aaron Thode to become a research biologist and acoustic technician for the project. In 2013 she received her master's degree in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where her thesis focused on a sperm whale acoustic signal called a "Clang" from SEASWAPs recording library in the Gulf of Alaska. She returned to Sitka as a research biologist for the Sitka Sound Science Center on the SEASWAP project. In 2015 Ms. Wild returned to graduate school and is currently a PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, where she is studying sperm whale movement, habitat preference, and diet in the Gulf of Alaska as part of SEASWAP.