Zara joined Clean Energy Extension in 2017. She recently completed her PhD in the UMass Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation, as a fellow in the Offshore Wind Energy IGERT Program. Her PhD research focused on minimizing effects of offshore wind energy development on bats. She earned a BA in Biology from Bard College in 2007, and an MS in Environmental Science & Technology at the University of Maryland in 2011. In between, she worked on a variety of ecological research projects, studying every manner of critter from dragonflies to black ducks to coyotes to box turtles. Zara grew up in Westhampton, and now lives in New Salem, where she is a member of her town Energy Committee and Conservation Commission.