Lydia Jo Ball writes:

I recently graduated from Colby College, Maine, with my Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science. I am passionate about research questions concerning behavior, speciation, and natural history. During my undergraduate years, I studied amphibian and insect diversity, amphibian epibiotic bacteria, amphibian resistance to chytrid fungus, and community-based conservation. During my senior year at Colby, I assisted Dr. Meg Lowman in conducting insect surveys of Ethiopian church forests. Currently, I am working with the endangered Wyoming Toad as a field technician at the University of Wyoming. My studies have brought me to New Zealand, Brazil, and Ethiopia. Throughout these trips, I aimed to explore the relations between humans and their environments through photography. I aspire to become more involved in science communication and to continue investigating the natural world.
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