Tara Hicks Johnson has a B.S. in geophysics from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.S. in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she studied meteorites. In June 2011, Tara moved to New Hampshire from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was the Outreach Specialist for the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. While there, she organized educational and community events for the school, including the biennial Open House event, and ran the Hawaii Ocean Sciences Bowl, the Aloha Bowl. She also handled media relations for the School and coordinated television production projects. Tara also worked with the Bishop Museum in Honolulu developing science exhibits, and at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto (where she was born and raised).
At the University of New Hampshire, Tara is the Outreach Specialist for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, where she organizes marine public programs like Seacoast SeaPerch, assists with Ocean Discovery Day, and other research and public outreach events for the Center.