Genetics for dummies – Tara Rodden Robinson, RN, BSN, PhD, is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, where she graduated from Ouachita Parish High School. She earned her degree in nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi and worked as a registered nurse for nearly six years (mostly in surgery) before running away from home to study birds in the Costa Rican rain forest. From the rain forests, Tara traveled to the cornfi elds of the Midwest to earn her PhD in biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

She conducted her dissertation work in the Republic of Panama, where she examined the social lives of song wrens. She received her postdoctoral training in genetics with Dr. Colin Hughes (then at the University of Miami) and through a postdoc-toral fellowship at Auburn University. Dr. Robinson received a teaching award for her genetics course at Auburn and was twice included in Who’s
Who Among America’s Teachers (2002 and 2005). Genetics for dummies

Medical Books: Genetics for dummies - 2010
Medical Books: Genetics for dummies – 2010

Currently, Tara teaches genetics via distance education on behalf of the biol- ogy program at Oregon State University. On the research side, Dr. Robinson has conducted research on birds in locations all over the map, including Oregon, Michigan, Yap (part of the Federated States of Micronesia), and the Republic of Panama. Examples of her work include using paternity analysis to uncover the mysteries of birds’ social lives, examining the population genet- ics of endangered salmon, and using DNA to fi nd out which species of salmon that seagoing birds like to eat. Genetics for dummies

When not traveling to exotic places with her husband, ornithologist W. Douglas Robinson, Tara enjoys hiking the Coast Range of Oregon with her two dogs in training for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. You can find out more about her at

Medical Books: Genetics for dummies – 2010



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