A native of Boston with training in trace fossil analysis at UMass Amherst and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Specialties include Cretaceous coprolites, a variety of Paleozoic and Mesozoic tetrapod fossil tracks, and vertebrate assemblages from the Upper Triassic of Utah. Tara is a research associate at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, where she teaches science on the campus of The Webb Schools. She has worked in a number of U.S. museums as an assistant collections manager, museum educator, and researcher. She is also the social media editor for The Paleontological Society as of 2016.