Tara McKinnon

Doctoral student
Tara McKinnon holding a net and standing in a river, smiling


Tara received her undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Aquatic Biology in 2019 and is currently a PhD Canidate in Hydrology. She previously worked as a lab and field research tech in plant and insect laboratories, both in the private and academic sectors. Tara grew up working on ranches in Northern California and is the first in her family to receive a college education. Her graduate research focuses on understanding the influences of stream water removal, during the agricultural growing season on multiple feeding groups (insects, fish, and birds).