Tara is an aquatic ecologist with a background in fisheries research. She spent nearly a decade at Mount St. Helens, Washington studying plant and animal responses to a catastrophic volcanic eruption, particularly rainbow trout responses to newly created volcanic landscapes. Her research interests include life-history responses of salmonids to environmental disturbance, population dynamics across environmental gradients, and freshwater/terrestrial trophic subsidies. She has conducted ecological research throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Southern Chile. Tara joined Mount Hood Environmental as a biologist in 2018 and has been involved in fisheries research in the Deschutes, Yakima, Cowlitz, and Klamath River Basins. Tara holds a M.S. in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University.