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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

Historic and current unionid mussel distribution in tributaries of the lower Flint River, southwestern Georgia: an examination of current and historical trends

Chastain, C.A., S.W. Golladay, and T.K. Muenz. 2005. Proceedings of the Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Georgia.

Using Adopt-a-Stream in the coastal plain: a case study in southwest Georgia

Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, L.L. Smith, and G. Vellidis. 2005. Pages 819–822 in K. Hatcher (editor). Proceedings of the 2005 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Georgia.

Stream macroinvertebrates and amphibians as indicators of ecosystem stress: a case study from the Coastal Plain, Georgia

Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, G. Vellidis, and L.L. Smith. 2003. Pages 354–357 in K. Hatcher (editor). Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Georgia.

The recovery of nesting habitat: a proactive approach for conservation of the hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies

Muenz, T.K., and K.M. Andrews. 2002. Proceedings of the Twenty-third Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology. Miami, Florida.
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