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
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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.
- Cornelisse, T.M. 2013. Conserving extirpated sites: using habitat quality to manage unoccupied patches for metapopulation persistence. Biodiversity and Conservation 22(13): 3171-3184.
- Cornelisse, T.M., M.K. Bennett(undergraduate), D.K. Letourneau. 2013. The implications of habitat management on the population viability of the endangered Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela ohlone) metapopulation. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71005. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0071005.
- Cornelisse, T.M. and T.P. Duane. 2013. Effects of knowledge of an endangered species on recreationists' attitudes and stated behaviors and the significance of management compliance for Ohlone Tiger Beetle conservation. Conservation Biology 27(6): 1449-1457.
- Cornelisse, T.M., Vasey, M.C., Holl, K.D., and D.K. Letourneau. 2013. Artificial bare patches increase habitat for the endangered Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela ohlone). Journal of Insect Conservation 17(1): 17-22.
- Cornelisse, T.M. and J.E. Hafernik. 2009. Effects of soil characteristics and human disturbance on tiger beetle oviposition. Ecological Entomology 34(4): 495-503.
- Rosengaus, R.B., Cornelisse, T.M., Guschanski, K., and J.F.A. Traniello. 2007. Inducible immune proteins in the dampwood termite Zootermopsis angusticollis. Naturwissenschaften 94(1): 25-33.