Project Manager
Project Manager


Lara Aston leads the Environmental Effects of Energy Development subsector at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and also is a renewables integration project manager in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division. She has a strong background in environmental assessment, the ecological effects of renewable energy development, and stakeholder engagement.

Since joining PNNL in 1999, Ms. Aston has been a key contributor to many interdisciplinary programs involved with regulatory assessments, permitting, multi-agency/entity engagement, and basic and applied research to solve complex environmental problems. She also leads business development activities associated with non-DoD and non-DOE natural resource and regulatory agencies, state and local governments, tribes, and environmental non-governmental organizations.

Disciplines and Skills

  • Project Management
  • Restoration Planning and Prioritization
  • Technology Transfer
  • Business Development
  • NEPA-Related Analyses (Terrestrial and Wetlands Ecology, Human Health)
  • Stakeholder Engagement


  • M.S., Environmental Science – University of Washington 
  • B.S., Environmental Science – Western Washington University 



  • Goldberg D.S., L.M. Aston, A.H. Bonneville, D.I. Demirkanli, C. Evans, A. Fisher, and H. Garcia, et al. 2018. "Geological storage of CO2 in sub-seafloor basalt: the CarbonSAFE pre-feasibility study offshore Washington State and British Columbia." In Carbon in Natural and Engineered Processes: Selected Contributions from the 2018 International Carbon Conference (ICC 2018), September 10-14, 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland: Energy Procedia, edited by C Marieni, et al, 146, 158-165. Amsterdam:Elsevier. PNNL-SA-134038. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2018.07.020
  • Thom R.M., J. Gaeckle, K.E. Buenau, A.B. Borde, J. Vavrinec, L.M. Aston, and D.L. Woodruff, et al. 2018. "Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) Restoration in Puget Sound: Development of a Site Suitability Assessment Process." Restoration Ecology 26, no. 6:1066-1074. PNNL-SA-128364. doi:10.1111/rec.12702