Lydia Jennings (Pascua Yaqui and Huichol)


Phone: (520) 626-0664

Email: lljennings(at)

Curriculum Vitae

Lydia is doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences, with a minor in American Indian Policy. Her research interests are in environmental remediation, Indigenous science, mining policy, and environmental data ownership by tribal nations.

Lydia’s dissertation research focuses on the identification and characterization of microbial indicators as tools to evaluate mine waste reclamation, while her minor research focuses on the laws around mining on federal lands to which tribes have ancestral claims. Lydia’s research with the Native Nations Institute is focused on how scientists and researchers can empower Indigenous data governance practices to create more equitable science practices.

Lydia is both Pascua Yaqui (Yoeme) and Huichol (Wixáritari), and grew up in Santa Fe, NM. Lydia earned her Bachelors of Science from California State University, Monterey Bay in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. Lydia is a 2014 University of Arizona NIEHS Superfund Program trainee, a 2015 recipient of National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and a 2019 American Geophysical Union “Voices for Science” Fellow.