… received her doctorate from the University of Louisville and her master’s degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Her research interests include human impacts on populations and communities. Her master’s work explored the impact of beach driving on overwintering shorebirds on the Texas Gulf Coast, and her doctorate work evaluated the impact of the invasive grass Microstegium vimineum on insect and spider communities in a Kentucky temperate forest. She is a Professional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she teaches ecology, introductory biology and anatomy & physiology. She also serves as the Directory for the Regional Science Olympiad, a science and engineering event for high school and middle school students interested in STEM fields. Judy has also been a competitive power lifter since 2010 and a strength coach since 2012. She enjoys spending her spare time at the gym getting stronger or in the field camping and hiking.