Tara Luckau is our lab tech and lab manager. Though her background tends to center around molecular biology, it is the application to conservation and herpetology that drives her forward. In general, she’s interested in using molecular techniques and technologies to address population-level questions in wildlife conservation. To that end, she earned her MS from San Diego State University where she studied comparative lizard population genetics. After a quick stint at next-generation sequencing powerhouse Illumina, she now finds herself back in the conservation genetics realm, pushing research projects forward from the lab bench.