Dr. Lydia Jennings is a soil microbiologist and citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science from California State University, Monterey Bay in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy, and her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Sciences, with a minor in American Indian Policy. Lydia is a 2015 National Science Foundation “Graduate Research Fellow”, a 2019 American Geophysical Union “Voices for Science” Fellow, a 2019 Native Nations Institute “Indigenous Data Sovereignty” Fellow, and was recognized in 2019 by REI as a “trail runner changing the world”.
Currently, Dr. Jennings is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Community, Environment and Policy at the University of Arizona. In addition to her science research, Lydia is passionate about diversifying the outdoor recreation community and using running to engage more youth in science.