Tara has a nonhuman primate conservation orientation. She has worked on projects with several endangered species including Allen’s Swamp Monkey (Allenopithecus nigroviridis), Preuss’s Red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus preussi), and the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus). As an undergraduate, Tara conducted fieldwork in Southwest Cameroon and volunteered at the Limbe Wildlife Center (also in Cameroon) after getting out of the field. Tara has hands-on experience with observational data collection and transect data collection, exotic veterinary technician training, and grant writing. She composed an Honors Thesis on the reintroduction of captive primates and the positive implications conservation-focused zoos and wildlife sanctuaries can have on wild populations. Tara received her master’s degree in 2020, with a project focused on impacts of planned road development on primate and human populations in an area managed for conservation in Costa Rica.
Tara is also interested in public engagement, an aspect of research and volunteering. Follow her primate Instagram account for environmental, monkey, ape, and evolution based fun! @primatepedagogy