Vivian Porter joined Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in 2019 as the project coordinator for the Eastern indigo snake recovery, coastal dune, and wetland erosion projects on Eglin Air Force Base. Vivian collaborates with the Department of Defense, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and other local agencies to translocate and monitor gopher tortoises in an effort to create long-term viable populations and help recovery for other sensitive species reliant on their burrows. Vivian has five years of experience working on Eglin AFB with Virginia Tech, focusing on recovery efforts for gopher tortoises, red-cockaded woodpeckers, reticulated flatwoods salamanders, and Florida bog frogs. She graduated from Eckerd College in 2011 with a bachelor’s in biology and a special interest in herpetology. Vivian has worked many field jobs around the country but is particularly fond of the longleaf pine ecosystem in the southeast.