Wendy Martinez Murillo was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico and moved to California at a young age. As a student at Fresno City College, she quickly fell in love with natural sciences and declared her major as Biology. Throughout her tenure as an undergraduate, Wendy studied the aquatic microorganisms known as tardigrades or “water bears” through the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. She continued her education at Humboldt State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Biology with an emphasis in ecology and biodiversity, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. While in Humboldt County, Wendy assisted with dune vegetation surveys, performed ecological restoration of northern oak woodland communities, and created a plant checklist for the Arcata Community Forest as part of her senior project. Wendy also completed a research project on the distribution and abundance patterns of terrestrial tardigrade populations inhabiting lichens and mosses on Sitka spruce. When not working, Wendy enjoys hiking, photography, ceramics, and spending time with her family.