Zara joined Clean Energy Extension as a Research Assistant in 2017. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Conservation and a fellow in the Offshore Wind Energy IGERT Program at UMass. Her PhD research focuses 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.