Tara is a Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where she works with stakeholders to reduce and prevent wildlife-caused damages and contributes to statewide policies regarding species conservation and management. In 2015, Tara earned her Master's in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For her thesis Tara partnered with Panthera to examine snow leopard population dynamics and livestock-predator conflicts in western Tajikistan. Also while at Yale she co-founded a scholarship recognizing students who demonstrate leadership in the conservation sciences. Tara currently serves on the Yale F&ES Alumni Board and as a Technical Advisor for the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. Tara is driven by her commitment to species conservation through a combination of scientific research, adaptive management, working to empower diverse participants in conservation, and helping humans and wildlife (and humans and humans) coexist in a rapidly changing world. Tara lives in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.