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Tari’s career outside the classroom spans more than 15 years and four tectonic plates. After earning her B.Sc. in geology from McGill University in Montreal Canada, she began her professional career as a consulting geologist monitoring groundwater in Indiana. She continued her education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where she studied chemistry of volcanic rocks from the Central Volcanic Zone in Chile. For several years, Tari served as a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory where she monitored the eruption of Kilauea volcano. In 1996, she joined Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization where she studied 3 billion year-old nickel deposits. Tari began teaching at GRCC in 2002. She enjoys the diversity of GRCC students she meets and making geology relevant to their lives and careers.