Tara M. Burke

Tara M. Burke

Career Interests

Marine ecology research and conservation. Marine mammal and sea turtle conservation.
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Coastal Environmental Management Concentration
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, May 2017
Bowling Green State University
Major in Biology
Dual Specialization in Marine and Aquatic Biology, Ecology and Conservation Biology Minor: Science

Professional Experience

Ecotoxicology Research Assistant, Durham, NC, Hinton Laboratory at Duke University
Analyzed the effects of ecologically relevant contaminants on the aquarium fish Oryzias medaka in order to monitor abnormal development. Maintained health of fish colony, performed histological imaging, and assisted in other laboratory tasks.
Aquaculture Research Assistant, Bowling Green, OH, Bowling Green State University Center for Undergraduate Research
Awarded research grant under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Neves. Conducted water quality analyses in response to prawn fed fish farm waste and performed aquarium husbandry tasks. Water Quality Management of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture System for the Production of Freshwater Prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) Fed Fish Farm Waste
Stream Quality Monitor, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Tiffin, OH
Assessed and recorded data on the presence of macroinvertebrates in streams to monitor river health.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern, Back to the Wild, Castalia, OH
Provided care to native wildlife in Ohio and assisted in the rehabilitation of wildlife. Communicated information to guests and customer service as a part of the nature education center.
Salamander Monitor, Huron, OH Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve
Monitored and collected data on the presence of salamanders in the reserve to assess populations.
Bowling Green State University Study Abroad Participant, in Bowling Green, OH Balaton Limnological Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Conducted fieldwork on Lake Balaton to gain further understanding of algal blooms.
Laboratory Student, Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University Marine Laboratory and BGSU Herpetarium Trained in aquarium husbandry and water quality assessment as well as reptile husbandry.

Additional Information

Ocean Policy Working Group, Duke University: Fall 2017-Current
The Coastal Society, Duke University: Fall 2017-Current
Additional Skills: Population Viability Analysis proficient in software such as Vortex and Populus Introductory GIS Microsoft Office Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructor


citizen science

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government