Krista McDermid is the Vice President of Zara Environmental, LLC. She holds a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State University in San Marcos and a Bachelor of Science in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Zara in 2007, Krista worked as a biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the City of Austin. She holds a Texas Parks and Wildlife Scientific Research Permit (SPR-0608-082) to collect and study aquifer fauna, bats, state-listed reptiles, amphibians, and mussels. She also holds a USFWS Permit (TE85077A-1) to collect and study federally listed endangered Texas karst invertebrate, salamander, and aquatic species.