Ashley Garcia received a Bachelor of Science in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her professional interests focus on wildlife conservation, and management, and education. She worked as a wildlife technician for Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and for the East Foundation. The role that she occupied provided her with field experience and the ability to network with other professionals and researchers. She is a believer that educating the public through research is important to making a positive impact on the environment.