Deborah Nardo-Ayala is an Environmental Scientist. She is a Doctoral Candidate at Texas A&M University in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department, researching improved salt-tolerant perennial grass development on native lands in California. Her focus is on habitat restoration and plant pathology in degraded and toxic environments. She holds a Master's degree in Agriculture Science and a Bachelor's degree in Plant Science with minors in Soil Science and Pest Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Deborah is a Senior Scientist for the state, where she assesses plant and soil pests and diseases. She has taught Agriculture Science and Agribusiness Management courses for the Cal State University system.