Intelligence officer finds research is for the birds

Timm Huffman
Dobbins Air Reserve Base News

For many, an Antarctic cruise to spend time with penguins is just a dream. For Capt. Hila Levy, it’s all in a day’s work.

Levy is an Air Force Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentee intelligence officer at the Joint Reserve Intelligence Support Element, Royal Air Force Molesworth, United Kingdom. She is also a leader in the field of penguin genetics and spends up to four months each year studying the species in the Antarctic.

Her journey to bottom-of-the-Earth research began after earning a Rhodes scholarship to complete her master’s program at Oxford University following her 2008 graduation from the Air Force Academy. While at Oxford, Levy was pursuing two master’s degrees, one in historical research and the other in integrative bioscience. The latter course of study led her into the field of penguin genetics.

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