Dr. Ludka is a coastal scientist with a background that spans physics, oceanography, geology, data science and engineering. They are interested in how coastal physical processes interact with environmental management and ecological functioning, on time scales of storms to decades. Her team uses fieldwork, data analysis and modeling to help build more resilient coasts. Dr. Ludka has a B.S. in Physics from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps and in the Coastal Engineering Department at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. They also were a California Sea Grant fellow at the California Coastal Commission. Now she is an assistant professor in the Geology Department at San Jose State.