Lorna has a B.Sc. degree in Biology from Universidad de las Americas – Puebla (in Mexico), with an honours equivalent which dealt with spatial and temporal characteristics of birds in urban environments of Puebla. In 2008, she obtained a M.Sc. degree in Range and Wildlife Management form Sul Ross State University, in Texas (USA). Her thesis looked at home range and movement rates of jaguars in Paraguay. During that time she also conducted an independent project monitoring medium-sized carnivores (coyotes, ring-tailed cats, bobcats, skunks, and grey foxes) in Big Bend National Park, a semi-arid environment of Texas. Then, she continued to work with GIS and remote sensing, developing habitat suitability models for mountain lions and black bears, also in Texas. She then started a PhD at the University of Queensland, which is now in its final stages. Her previous research involved different ecological aspects of the endangered northern quoll in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She is now working with a project that involves the use of drones and thermal to image Koalas in natural habitats.