Lydia primarily works as a part of the Pribilof Islands Program, but also supports various other aspects of the Protected Resources Division. She came to NOAA from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she worked in walrus conservation and management. Lydia was born and raised in Alaska and grew up learning Yup’ik cultural and subsistence values through her extended family. She earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound, and her background includes work as a primate researcher in Zanzibar, Tanzania as well as a Protected Species Observer, museum specimen preparator, commercial fisherman, and boat fabricator. Outside of work, her hobbies include roller derby, cross country skiing, and facilitating a virtual science fiction book club.