Louise grew up accompanying her parents on paleontological expeditions to the deserts of Northern Kenya thus developing her passion for paleontology. Louise Leakey has a PhD from University College London and is currently an Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Stony Brook. She is also the director of Public Education and Outreach of the Turkana Basin Institute. She co-leads the Koobi Fora Research Project with her mother, Meave Leakey, focusing their ongoing paleontological field research on the eastern and western shores of Lake Turkana.
Louise has led an initiative to digitize some of the important discoveries from the Turkana Basin, making them accessible to the public. These digital models are showcased in the virtual paleontology laboratory, African Fossils.org.

Louise is a winemaker, pilot, educator and lecturer. Louise sits on the advisory boards of the Centre for Communicating Science, Sea Shepherd and The Fund for Wild Nature.