Hero of the Industry by the AFPC – Lovie Hudson
Lovie Hudson began her career in academia, teaching Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology and other related biological sciences. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Zoology with a focus on aquatic animals and the estuarine habitats of Tampa Bay. While teaching at Hillsborough Community College and the newly founded Aquaculture Program she designed a microgravity research project conducted on the STS95 Space Shuttle in 1998. As Principal Investigator and researcher at HCC, she and her team of scientists successfully raised the first edible fish in space, with the participation of the University of South Florida, MOSI and the Florida Aquarium, on behalf of the Florida Aquaculture Industry. She has co-authored curriculum for the Florida Department of Agriculture in the field of aquaculture and environmental science. She is currently working with her fellow environmental analysts at Phoslab Environmental Services as their Director of Customer Services. She also serves as the staff biologist for PES. Lovie has maintained her involvement in the educating people about the requirements of environmental sustainability, through the Florida Society of Environmental Analysts (FSEA) as the Regional Director and serves at the Chairperson of the Student Mentoring Program. She is also the Public Relations Director of the Association of Fertilizer and Phosphate Chemists (AFPC) working with the future engineers and scientist of Florida through regional and state science fairs and mentoring programs. Through PES, Lovie works with Florida’s environmental regulators, Florida phosphate, and environmental, industrial and agricultural industries, to assist with corporate compliance with our nation’s environmental protection policies.