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Avalon Owens, PhD in Biology

Avalon Owens is a Ph.D. student in the Lewis Lab at Tufts University. She obtained her B.A. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard Unversity, and a Master’s in Entomology from National Taiwan University. In Taiwan, she discovered that Aquatica ficta fireflies are relatively insensitive to long wavelength (reddish) light. When exposed to short wavelength light, these fireflies flashed less frequently… but more brightly! Following this exciting discovery, and now under the helpful guidance of international firefly legend Sara Lewis, Avalon has thrown herself into the burgeoning field of light pollution research, keeping her focus on fireflies.