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Tara Cornelisse Ph.D.

Invertebrate Zoologist


Tara Cornelisse is an Invertebrate Zoologist at NatureServe, bringing over 15 years of experience in entomology and conservation biology. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Boston University, where she worked on termite social behavior, an M.S. from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz, focused on tiger beetle conservation. Before joining NatureServe, Tara worked in land conservation and as a Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, focusing on pollinators. She has also served as a postdoctoral scholar at the American Museum of Natural History and an Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation at Canisius College, studying bumble bees and Monarch butterflies. Tara's work has included collaboration with diverse partners from local to federal biologists and land managers, academic and NGO scientists, and the public. Her work has resulted in many publications, presentations, educational modules, and reports on invertebrate conservation. Tara enjoys exploring Northern California from her home in Sonoma County.