Monica holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, with a minor in Spanish, and a Master of Science in Biology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. After graduate school and a brief teaching stint, Monica went on to work for the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center for more than five years, developing a passion for invasive species management while working with invasive amphibian and reptile research and outreach. In 2011, Monica relocated to Texas, working for the University of Texas at Austin (but based in San Antonio) as a researcher for two years before joining the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in 2013 as an Aquatic Invasive Species Biologist. In her current role at TPWD as Austin Aquatic Invasive Species Team Leader, Monica’s team focuses on adaptive management of riparian invasive species, zebra mussel early detection and prevention, invasive fish ecology and distributions, and permitting for exotic species (and miscellaneous fisheries). Monica represents TPWD on the Western and Gulf States Regional Panels of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee (vice-chair), Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council, and the Southern Great Plains Native Fish Conservation Advisory Council in addition to serving as a member of the board of directors for the Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society. Monica is also a member of the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.