In 2002, Lynda received her M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying Northern Saw-whet Owls and Flammulated Owls in Idaho.
In 2005, Lynda volunteered as a Veterinary Technician several different times with animal rescue organizations in Mississippi after hurricane Katrina. She worked with several organizations in the area and helped hundreds of animals. Many animals were reunited with their owners but many were sent to foster homes across the United States.
From 2007 to 2010, Lynda was a Certified Laboratory Veterinary Technician at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seaward, Alaska.
Currently, she is a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Smith, J. P., J.P. DeLong, L.L. Leppert, S.L. Stock, G.S. Kaltenecker, J.D. Carlisle, and B. Peterjohn. 2012. Morphometric variation in Flammulated Owls captured during autumn migration in the western United States. Journal of Raptor Research 46(1):109-120.
Butler, M. W., L.L Leppert, and A.M. Dufty Jr. 2010. Effects of small increases in corticosterone levels on morphology, immune function, and feather development. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology, 83:1.
Leppert, L.L., A.M. Dufty Jr., S. Stock, M.D. Oleyar, G.S. Kaltenecker. 2008. Survey of blood parasites in two forest owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls and Flammulated Owls, of western North America. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(2):475-479.
S.L. Stock, P.J. Heglund, G.S. Kaltenecker, J.D. Carlisle, and L. Leppert. 2006. “Comparative ecology of the flammulated owl and northern saw-whet owl during fall migration”. Journal of Raptor Research 40: 120-129.
L. Leppert, T.V. Zadorozhny, J.R. Belthoff, A.M. Dufty, Jr., S.L. Stock, G. Kaltenecker, and J.F. Smith. 2006 “Sex identification in four owl species from Idaho: DNA and morphometrics”. Journal of Raptor Research 40: 291-294.
Leppert, L.L., S. Layman, E.A. Bragin, and T. Katzner. 2004. Survey for hemoparasites in imperial eagles (Aquila heliaca), steppe eagles (Aquila nipalensis), and white-tailed sea eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) from Kazakhstan. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40(2):316-319.