Menu
:
:



Tara Muenz

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center
Tara Muenz

Assistant Director of Education and Leaf Pack Network® Administrator

Education Department

Contact

tmuenz@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 1301
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Google Scholar | Download CV

Interests and Expertise

Trained as an aquatic scientist, Tara Muenz’s 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 people closer in a reverent relationship with the planet. She has devoted decades to traveling worldwide, assisting individuals and communities in connecting, sustaining, and understanding the planet’s resources on the physical and soul levels. Muenz practices a “less is best” way of life, often seeking the beautiful stillness of the natural world as her 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.

See all publications by Stroud Center authors

Related News

Sharing Our Science in Salt Lake City

Stroud Center scientists shared their work at the weeklong annual meeting of this premier international organization of aquatic scientists.

Students Learn to Solve Water Resource Challenges

The new WATERS project will develop a student-centered curriculum for students of all abilities to learn water concepts and about water careers.

A Digital Mayfly Swarm Is Emerging

Low-cost, open-source data collectors and a suite of collaborative online tools are making big leaps in the field of watershed monitoring.

“Chalk Talk” About Our Boots-in-the-Water Education Partnership

Assistant Director of Education Tara Muenz was featured in the January 2019 edition of Chalk Talk, a weekly radio program on 1520AM WCHE.

Students Explore Local History and Learn to Protect Fresh Water

Octorara High School students spent three days learning about their part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and how they can promote its health and integrity.

Expedition Inspires Students to Act and Impact Local Watershed

The students expressed interest in the story water-quality testing told as they traveled down the river from the mines, through the farms, and into Philadelphia.