Tara Topping

Job Title:
Research Specialist I
Suite 314
(361) 825-2081
Curriculum Vitae: 


Tara Topping is the project leader for iSnapper, a groundbreaking smartphone app launched by the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation to easily collect fisheries data from recreational anglers. 

Tara’s interest in the ocean was sparked in childhood. Growing up in Connecticut, she was accepted into a tropical marine biology course that included a week-long trip to the now Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, where she felt at home snorkeling among the coral reefs and excelled at reef fish biology. She later attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, and in 2011 received her master of science in marine fisheries and allied aquacultures from Auburn University. After graduating, she moved to Florida to monitor fisheries with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the Big Bend area.

Since joining CSSC in June 2014, Tara has assisted with projects including tagging large migratory sharks, diver and ROV (remotely operated vehicle) surveys of artificial reefs and inshore sampling on the newly-dredged Cedar Bayou.

Judd Curtis, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Matt Streich, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Jennifer Wetz, M.S.
Fisheries Project Manager
Jason Williams, M.S.
Marine Research Specialist II
Tara Topping, M.S.
Research Specialist I
Quentin Hall, M.S.
Research Specialist I
Alex Tompkins, M.S.
Research Specialist I
Ashley Ferguson, B.S.
Research Technician I
David Norris, B.S.
Research Technician I
Kesley Gibson, M.S.
Program: Ph.D., Marine Biology
Zach Olsen, M.S.
Program: Ph.D., Coastal Marine System Science
Jasmine Rodriguez
Program: B.S. Marine Biology
Alex Tompkins, M.S.
Chas Downey, M.S.
Matt Streich, Ph.D.
Quentin Hall, M.S.
Judd Curtis, Ph.D.
Peter Young, M.S.
Phil Jose, M.S.
Karen Drumhiller, M.S.
Kim Johnson, M.S.
Bridgette Froeschke, Ph.D.
John Froeschke, Ph.D.
Laura Payne, M.S.
Jason Williams, M.S.
Isis Dominguez Gain, M.S.
Jenny Wrast Oakley, M.S.
Jason James, M.S.
Amanda Bushon, M.S.
Todd Neahr, M.S.
Suraida Nañez-James, M.S.
Dana Burfeind, Ph.D.
Jason Slocum, M.S.
Megan Reese Robillard, M.S.

The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation is a center at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies where Dr. Greg Stunz is also the Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health...


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