Tara Cornelisse is a Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity where she works on pollinator conservation with the Environmental Health Program. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where she taught Recreation Ecology, Urban Ecology, Conservation Behavior, and Intro to Animal Behavior and researched habitat conservation of insects in the greater Buffalo metro region and insect conservation education. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2013 on the endangered Ohlone tiger beetle and then a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She is passionate about conservation biology, environmental education, and insects. Prior to her doctoral studies, Tara completed a M.S. in Conservation Biology at San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Ecology and Conservation from Boston University. When not studying the conservation needs of six-legged creatures or advancing conservation education, Tara spends time with her partner Laura and dog Lulu.
Fellow at a Glance
Center for Biological Diversity
Environmental & Public Health
Natural Resource Management