Education

Tara Muenz

Tara Muenz

Assistant Director of Education
Leaf Pack Network® Administrator

970 Spencer Road

Avondale, PA 19311

610.268.2153 x 301

610.268.0490 Fax

Email

Education

M.S. Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology. 2004

B.A. Zoology. Minors: Geology and Italian. Miami University of Ohio. 1998.

Previous Positions

State Coordinator, Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Atlanta, Ga., 2009-2014

Lead Research Technician, Aquatic Biology Laboratory, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, Ga., 2004-2009

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Georgia/Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Athens, Ga., 2000-2004

Sea Turtle Research Biologist and Team Leader, University of Georgia, Jumby Bay Sea Turtle Project, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies, June-August 2000

Environmental Education Coordinator, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, Jekyll Island 4H Center, Jekyll Island, Ga., 1998-2000

Publications

  • Dyson, D.S., T.K. Muenz, E.Reutebuch. Alabama Water Watch and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Partner with the U.S. Forest Service to Monitor and Protect Watersheds in the Escambia Experimental Forest. Spring 2014. Alabama’s Treasured Forest Magazine, Alabama Forestry Commission.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, L.L. Smith, and G.Vellidis. 2008. Diet and Abundance of the Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) in an agricultural area, southwest Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist. 7(4): 691-704.
  • Muenz, T.K., A.Kaeser, B.Bass, and D.Steen. 2008. Predation of the spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera). Herpetological Review 39:2.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.P.Opsahl, S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, B.Clayton, and R.C. Thomas. 2007. Viability of mussel habitat condition and conservation priority areas in the Flint River Basin. in T. Rasmussen (ed.), Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Ga.
  • S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and T.K. Muenz. 2007. Long-term changes in stream flow in the lower Flint River Basin, Southwestern Georgia, associated with water use and climatic variation. in T. Rasmussen (ed.), Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Ga.
  • Muenz, T.K. S. W. Golladay, G. Vellidis, and L. L. Smith. 2006. Journal of Environmental Quality. Stream Buffer Effectiveness in an Agriculturally Influenced Area, Southwestern Georgia: Responses of Water Quality, Macroinvertebrates, and Amphibians. 35:1924-1938.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, S. W. Golladay D. W. Hicks, B.Clayton, K. A. Cressman. 2006. Final Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Assessment of stream habitat in the Flint River Basin.
  • Muenz, T.K. 2006. CSA magazine article. Stream health indicators and conservation buffers: amphibians and aquatic invertebrates show potential.
  • S.W. Golladay and T. K Muenz. Survey and relocation study of unionids in Chickasawhatchee Creek and Elmodel Wildlife Management Areas, Southwest Georgia: Final Report. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, October 2006.
  • Muenz, T.K. S. W. Golladay, L. L. Smith, and G. Vellidis. 2005. Using Adopt-A-Stream in the Coastal Plain: A case study in southwest Georgia. Pp. 819-822, in K. Hatcher (ed), Proceedings of the 2005 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Ga.
  • Chastain, C.A., S.W. Golladay, and T.K.Muenz. 2005. Historic and current unionid mussel distribution in tributaries of the lower Flint River, Southwest Georgia. Proceedings of the Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Ga.
  • Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Pseudotrition ruber (Red Salamander). Herpetological Review 36:73
  • Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Hyla chrysoscelis (Cope’s Gray Tree Frog). Herpetological Review 36:74.
  • Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Hyla squirella (Squirrel Tree frog). Herpetological Review 36:75.
  • Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Storeria occipitomaculata (Red-bellied Snake). Herpetological Review 36:84.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, G. Vellidis, and L.L. Smith. 2003. Streamside buffer effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate and amphibian species as indicators of water quality in an impacted agricultural system, Coastal Plain, Georgia. Pp.354-357, vol.1, in K. Hatcher (ed), Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Ga.
  • Muenz, T.K. and K.M. Andrews. 2002. The recovery of nesting habitat: a proactive approach for conservation of the hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. Proceedings of the Twenty-third Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology. Miami, FL.

Presentations

  • H. Harbert and Muenz, T.K. Large-Scale Sampling Events: Using Volunteers to Monitor at the Watershed Level. 2014. National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Muenz, T.K. Amphibian Monitoring with Georgia Adopt-A-Stream. 2012. National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Muenz, T.K. Evaluating Volunteer Monitoring Program Success 3-hour Workshop. 2012. National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Muenz, T.K. 2011. Landscaping for sea turtles. 2011 WIDECAST Annual Meeting at the 31st International Sea Turtle Symposium. San Diego, CA.
  • Muenz, T.K. and J. Buitrago. 2011. Landscaping for Sea Turtles: Nesting Habitat Designs for the Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Eretmochelys imbricate on a Developed Beach, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. 31st International Sea Turtle Symposium. San Diego, CA.
  • Muenz, T.K. 2010. Amphibian monitoring with the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program. The National Water Quality Conference. Denver, CO.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and R.C. Thomas. 2008. Land use and streamflow change in the Lower Flint River Basin Georgia. Environmental Flows Conference. Athens, GA.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and R.C. Thomas. 2008. Streamflow challenges to freshwater mollusks in the Lower Flint River Basin Georgia: Implications for conservation priority areas. Society for Conservation Biology Meeting. Chattanooga, TN.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.P.Opsahl, S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, B.Clayton, and R.C. Thomas. 2007. Viability of mussel habitat condition and conservation priority areas in the Flint River Basin. Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, GA.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, K.A. Cressman, and S.W. Golladay. March 2007. A Regional Assessment of Historical Mussel Habitat Condition in the Flint River Basin, Georgia. Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Meeting, Little Rock, AR.
  • Thomas, R.C., T.K. Muenz, S.W. Golladay, and S.P. Opsahl. March 2007. Drought Effects and Stream Quality in Tributaries of the Lower Flint River Basin, Southwestern Georgia. Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Meeting, Little Rock, AR.
  • S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and T.K. Muenz. 2006. Long-term changes in stream flow in the lower Flint River Basin, Southwestern Georgia, associated with water use and climatic variation. North American Benthological Society Meeting, Anchorage, AK.
  • S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and T.K. Muenz. 2006. Long-term changes in stream flow in the lower Flint River Basin, Southwestern Georgia, associated with water use and climatic variation. The Lower ACF Conference, Albany, GA.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, K.A. Cressman, and S.W. Golladay. 2006. A Regional Assessment of Historical Mussel Habitat Condition in the Flint River Basin, Georgia. North American Benthological Society Meeting, Anchorage, AK.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, K.A. Cressman, and S.W. Golladay. 2006. A Regional Assessment of Historical Mussel Habitat Condition in the Flint River Basin, Georgia. The Lower ACF Conference, Albany, GA.
  • M.J.Kaeser, L.K.Kirkman, L.L.Smith, S.W. Golladay, A.E. Liner, T.K.Muenz, D.A.Steen. 2006. Biodiversity in depressional wetlands: A pilot study in cross-taxon congruence of species diversity in southwest Georgia. Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN.
  • Muenz, T.K. 2005. Adopt-A-Stream and professional data: How do they compare? A look at the Invertebrate Index. Georgia Rivers Network Conference, Milledgeville, GA. Invited speaker.
  • Muenz, T.K. S. W. Golladay, L. L. Smith, and G. Vellidis. 2005. Using Adopt-A-Stream in the Coastal Plain: A case study in southwest Georgia. Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, GA
  • Chastain, C.A., S.W. Golladay, and T.K.Muenz. 2005. Historic and current unionid mussel distribution in tributaries of the lower Flint River, Southwest Georgia. Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, GA.
  • Muenz, T.K. and K.M. Andrews.2005. The reconciliation of hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting habitat with vegetation islands on Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. Twenty-fifth Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology. Savannah, Georgia.
  • Cressman, K.A., S.P.Opsahl, T.K. Muenz, and S.W. Golladay. 2005. A comparison of streamside habitat assessments and water quality indicators in the lower Flint River Basin. Do they agree? North American Benthological Society Conference, New Orleans, LA. Poster.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, G.Vellidis, and L.L. Smith. 2004. Indicators of stream health: the use of benthic macroinvertebrates and amphibians in an agriculturally impacted area, southwest Georgia. Flint River Conference, Parks at Chehaw, Albany, GA.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, G.Vellidis and L.L. Smith. 2003. Streamside buffer effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate and amphibian species as indicators of water quality in an impacted agricultural system, Coastal Plain, Georgia. Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, GA.
  • Muenz, T.K., L.L. Smith, S.W. Golladay, and G.Vellidis. 2003. Amphibians as indicator species for stream recovery: A case study from the Coastal Plain, Georgia. All Florida Herpetology Conference, Gainesville, FL.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, L.L. Smith and G.Vellidis. 2003. Stream Restoration in an impacted agricultural system: Macroinvertebrates and amphibians as indicators of water quality, Coastal Plain, Georgia. Society for Ecological Restoration, Coastal Plain Chapter, Athens, GA.
  • Andrews, K.M. and T.K. Muenz.2002. The recovery of nesting habitat with vegetation islands: Conservation challenges for the hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata on Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. Ecological Society of America/ Society for Ecological Restoration Conference, Tucson, AZ.
  • Muenz, T.K. and K.M. Andrews.2002. The recovery of nesting habitat: A proactive approach for conservation of the hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. Twenty-third Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology. Miami, FL.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, and G.Vellidis. 2002. Stream buffer effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate and salamander species as bioindicators of ecosystem stress, Coastal Plain, Georgia. Ecological Society of America/ Society for Ecological Restoration Conference, Tucson, AZ.
  • Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, and G.Vellidis. 2002. Stream buffer effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate and amphibian species as bioindicators of ecosystem stress, Coastal Plain, Georgia. Water Stewardship Conference. Athens, GA.
  • Muenz, T.K. The recovery of nesting habitat: A proactive for conservation of the hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology, Graduate Student Symposium. 2001.
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Outreach Activities

Instructor:

  • Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) Training workshops in Chemical, Bacterial, Macroinvertebrate, Amphibian and Physical Habitat Monitoring; 2004-present; Led over 350 workshops
  • Georgia Master Naturalist Trainings: Aquatic ecology (water chemistry, macroinvertebrates, amphibians)
  • Georgia State Parks, Naturalist Training in aquatic macroinvertebrates and amphibians
  • Project WET, WILD, PLT Triple Facilitator Course, amphibian training
  • Environmental Education Research Academy (EERA), teacher training workshop, 2004-2008
  • Watershed Awareness, Tifton, Georgia, 2002
  • Introduction to Stream Restoration Using Natural Channel Design Techniques, 2003
  • Freshwater Mussel Ecology and Identification, 2005-2008

Assistance With University, Society and Nonprofit Courses

  • River Flint Day, Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers
  • Isolated Wetland Ecology, University of Oklahoma
  • Isolated Wetlands Ecology and Invertebrate Identification, Agnes Scott College
  • Longleaf Pine Ecosystems, Southwestern Pollution Biologists Association and the Environmental Education Alliance
  • Open House Activities and Education Tent, Jones Ecological Research Center
  • Mussel Ecology Courses (K - College)
  • The Art and Ecology of Barrier Islands, 2004 and 2005, University of Georgia

Awards

  • Conservationist of the Year, Georgia River Network, 2012
  • Selected to present at the All Florida Herpetology Conference, and received honorarium, 2003
  • University of Georgia Research Assistantship, 2001-2003
  • Travel Grant to attend and present at the Watershed Awareness Conference, Athens, GA, 2002
  • Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS) research scholarship, 1997
  • TARS undergraduate research scholarship, 1996 and 1997

Service

  • Board Member, Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia; Chair for Member Services Committee, 2010-2014
  • Board Member, Chattahoochee Hill Country Conservancy Board of Directors, serving as the watershed stewardship chair, 2010-2014
  • Natural Resources Committee Member, Chattahoochee Hill Country Comprehensive Plan
  • Committee Member of the John’s Creek Community Habitat Certification Initiative through the National Wildlife Federation, 2010-2011
  • Board Member, Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, 2004- present
  • Science Fair Judge, Darton College (Albany, Georgia) 2005-2008
  • Contributed articles and images for local newsletters and newspapers
  • Lead Organizer of Volunteer River Cleanups (Rivers Alive), 2005-2013
  • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society: served on education and outreach as well as public policy committees
  • Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation: served on education/outreach group, as well as policy and development committees
  • Volunteer at local animal shelters and retirement centers
  • Attend and contribute to city council meetings