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Tara Muenz

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Assistant Director of Education and Leaf Pack Network® Administrator

Education Department

Contact

tmuenz@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 301
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

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Interests and Expertise

Trained as an aquatic scientist, my interests and experiences spread wide, with a passion for all life on earth including science communication, conservation education, community science, streamside forests, landscape design, nature therapy, and creating meaningful experiences (fostering awareness, appreciation, and action) that bring us closer in a reverent relationship with our planet. I have devoted 20 years traveling worldwide, assisting individuals and communities in connecting, sustaining, and understanding the planet’s resources on the physical and soul levels. I practice a “less is best” way of life, often seeking the beautiful stillness of the natural world as my greatest source of joy.

Education

  • M.S., Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
  • B.A., Zoology, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Director of Education, Stroud Water Research Center, 2015–present.
  • Leaf Pack Network Administrator, 2014–present.
  • Education Program Manager, Stroud Water Research Center, 2014–2015.
  • State Coordinator, Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009–2014.
  • Lead Research Technician, Aquatic Biology Laboratory, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, Georgia, 2004–2009.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Georgia/Jones Ecological Research Center, Athens, Georgia, 2000–2004.

Publications

Stream flow changes associated with water use and climatic variation in the lower Flint River Basin, southwest Georgia

S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and T.K. Muenz. 2007. In T. Rasmussen (editor). Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Georgia.

Current conditions of historical mussel habitat in the Flint River Basin, Georgia

Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, B.Clayton, and R.C. Thomas. 2007.  In T. Rasmussen (editor). Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Georgia.

Survey and relocation study of unionids in Chickasawhatchee Creek and Elmodel Wildlife Management areas, southwest Georgia

Golladay, S.W., and T.K. Muenz. 2006. Final Report. Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Assessment of stream habitat in the Flint River Basin

Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, B. Clayton, K.A. Cressman. 2006. Final report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Stream buffer effectiveness in an agriculturally influenced area, southwestern Georgia: responses of water quality, macroinvertebrates, and amphibians

Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, G. Vellidis, and L.L. Smith. 2006. Journal of Environmental Quality. 35(5):1924–1938.

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