Lydia Roush graduated magna cum laude from Gordon College in Wenham, MA with her bachelors of science in biology, focusing in marine biology. As an undergraduate, Lydia quantified corals and their invertebrate associates at deep sea mount locations in the Gulf of Mexico with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. She also assessed nest site preference of migratory warblers in Massachusetts and Belize, behavior of resident orcas (Orcinus orca) in the Puget Sound, and participated in coastal prairie restoration on Whidbey Island, WA. Upon graduating, she was inducted into Sigma Xi’s North Shore Chapter for excellence in research. For her master’s research, Lydia worked to quantify economic fishes at artificial reef sites in the Gulf of Mexico using video recorded by a remotely operated vehicle, sonar, and log10 diver surveys. She was awarded the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System’s Young Scientist Travel Award to present her research at UNOLS’ 2014 conference in San Francisco, CA. Lydia is currently a Ph.D. student at Baylor University where her research focuses on anthropogenic influences on biological and environmental dynamics in freshwater systems.