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Tara Cornelisse

Science Editorial Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Education


      Ph.D. Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 2013

      M.S. Conservation Biology, San Francisco State University, 2008

      B.A. Biology, specialization in Ecology and Conservation, Boston University, 2004

  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Dr. Tara Cornelisse completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is passionate about conservation biology, education and insects, and brought them together in her dissertation research to investigate the habitat requirements, restoration, and population viability of the endangered Ohlone tiger beetle. Through interdisciplinary research, Tara also investigated the impact of conservation knowledge, attitudes, and behavior among the recreational community on effective species and habitat management. She also served as a GK-12 Fellow for two years, during which she created and led inquiry-based science modules in high school classrooms. Prior to her doctoral studies, Tara completed a M.S. in Conservation Biology at San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Ecology and Conservation at Boston University. She is dedicated to seeking conservation solutions by bridging science to practice and education and maintains a blog called Conservation of Biodiversity. 

  • Publications


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