About Tara

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I’m an environmental anthropologist specializing in ethnographic and community-based research with Indigenous peoples in northern Canada.

Currently I am a Research Director with Willow Springs Strategic Solutions, Inc., a social and environmental research consulting firm based in Cochrane, Alberta. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan, working with Clinton Westman and associated with the School of Environment and Sustainability. I received my PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen in 2017 (supervised by Rob Wishart and Nancy Wachowich, examined by David G. Anderson and Colin Samson).

My research focuses on Indigenous rights, natural resource development, disturbed landscapes, northern colonialism, human-animal relations, history of science, and interdisciplinary studies. My work examines Métis and other Indigenous responses to Alberta oil sands development, with an emphasis on (wet)land reclamation and the intersections/conflicts between different ways of knowing and using the environment.

As a research consultant, I conduct community-based research, traditional land use impact assessments, technical reviews, environmental monitoring research, and oral history research.

I teach both introductory and upper level courses in anthropology and circumpolar studies, most recently at the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC.

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