Viviana Ricardez, is a 'Card Carrying Turtle Fanatic', turtle conservationist as well as the Vice President and Treasurer for TexasTurtles.org. Her lifelong passion for turtles and herpetology fuels her to desire study, document, and publish on the ecology and natural history of Texas turtles.

She is very active in conservation and research efforts with turtles, often traveling across the state of Texas to assist in multiple long-term population monitoring studies, and conservation endeavors. When she is not out doing field work she travels to new places often with camera and or turtle traps to expand her familiarity and knowledge about turtles in the various regions of the lone star state.