Jack Dudding is a research assistant with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources Mussel Research Group and a graduate student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Dudding's research will focus on identifying host fish for several threatened mussel species. He graduated with a bachelor of science in Biology from James Madison University in 2014. After college he worked at Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery on freshwater mussel propagation. Prior to joining IRNR, Dudding participated in volunteer work for Drexel University in Equatorial Guinea and more recently as a research assistant with the Illinois Natural History Survey at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.