Tasha Eileen O'Hara
Interests & Expertise
Integrated optical and standard gear surveys
Benthic invertebrate research
Marine education outreach
B.A. in Political Science
University of Rhode Island
M.R.M. in Environmental Sciences
University of Akureyri, Iceland
Tasha joined CFF in 2019 to support HabCam v3 surveys as well as various CFF research efforts. She completed her Masters of Resource Management in Coastal and Marine Management in 2019 as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, focusing on the impact of depth on green sea urchin growth, roe coloration, and reproductive development in Breiðafjörður, Iceland.
Prior to graduate school, she worked in wind and solar consulting and aquaculture in Block Island and joined the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program in 2012, working as an observer on high volume herring, small mesh, and groundfish vessels. After transitioning to the Ecosystems Surveys Branch (ESB) in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA, she worked as a biological technician providing at-sea leadership for groundfish, scallop, shrimp, and cooperative industry surveys. As a member of the scallop team, she also focused on supporting the integration and utilization of the towed-array vehicle, the HabCam v4. She has since completed surveys in Iceland and Alaska.