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Tara Owens

Coastal Processes Extension Agent


  • BS Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University
  • MS Coastal Geology, University of Hawaii

Tara Owens is a Coastal Hazards Specialist with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, and a liason to Maui County. Partnered with Maui County’s Planning Department, Tara’s role is to bring science to planning and permitting by providing technical guidance, consultations, site visits, and public outreach with respect to coastal hazards. Owens also interfaces with State and Federal agencies on collaborative projects pertaining to climate, shoreline change, and coastal hazards.

Owens earned a bachelor of science degree in marine science from Coastal Carolina University, and a master’s degree in coastal geology from the University of Hawaii. She was hired by UH Sea Grant and moved back to Hawaii in 2010 after working for 7 years in the federal government at the U.S. Geological Survey in St. Petersburg, Florida and then at the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC.

Contact Information

(808) 463-3868
(808) 270-1775

One Main Plaza 2200 Main Street, Suite 640 Wailuku, HI 96793