Fyie attended Kalamazoo College, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in biology and theatre arts. As an undergraduate, Lydia performed summer research at Stone Lab with researchers from The Ohio State University looking at the distribution of invasive crayfish in the western Lake Erie basin. She joined the Meuti Lab in the fall of 2018, co-advised by Dr. Mary Gardiner. Lydia's research focuses on the effects of urban landscapes on mosquito seasonal responses. Aside from biology, Lydia enjoys participating in the performing arts and acting in community theatres.
KX Feature with Graduate Student Lydia Fyie - Science Happens Here: Changing mosquito behaviors
CFAES Knowledge Exchange Feature "Science Happens Here: Changing mosquito behaviors" , April 26, 2022 PhD candidate Lydia Fyie discusses her research into how urban environments are changing mosquito overwintering behaviors. Topics: Diseases & Parasites, Environment, Health & Medicine
From the Sept. 2023 edition of the Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Student Spotlight
About: I grew up in Lancaster, OH, which is only 45 minutes from Columbus. I’m co-advised by Dr. Megan Meuti and Dr. Mary Gardiner and I’m a 6th year Ph.D. Candidate, hopefully graduating by Spring 2024.
Research: My research examines how urban environmental change such as light pollution or Urban Heat Islands may be impacting overwintering diapause of the Northern house mosquito. Basically, this could be interfering with the temperature and daylength cues that the mosquito uses to tell that the season is changing, and then they would be active for longer in the year.
Get to Know!
1. If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you be doing?
I would definitely be pursuing a career in theatre. The entire world of theatre is my second love and passion, so whether being an actor or some other role, I think that’s where I would be.
2. What movie or show do you keep rewatching?
I probably have the entirety of Finding Nemo completely memorized with how much I’ve seen it over my entire life so far.
3. What do you dislike that everyone else seems to like? Or the opposite, what do you like that everyone else seems to dislike?
I love “So-Bad-It’s-Good” media, so I’m a bit obsessed with the entire world of the Disney Direct-to-Video sequels. Yes, I have seen almost all of them and yes, I do have distinct opinions on the quality of each one.