About me.

I am an aquatic ecologist, and my research focuses on food webs and ecosystem dynamics. I’m interested in the important associations between terrestrial and aquatic habitats, and how watershed dynamics impact aquatic food webs and ecosystems.

At PSI, I am engaged in linking Puget Sound science to policy, and I lead a research program focused on ecosystem-based management of forage fish in Puget Sound, including Pacific herring; and food web dynamics, including trade-offs among trophically-linked recovery targets (e.g., salmon and herring).

I am also the Managing Director of the Ocean Modeling Forum, a joint project between UW’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center focused on improving the usefulness of models in ocean ecosystem management, using multi-model approaches.

I am also the Ecosystem-based Management Editor for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound, and have worked in theater, film and television.

1 thought on “About me.

  1. Hello Tessa Francis. I wonder whether you would be willing to come to the 13th annual Low Tide Celebration at Point Robinson, Maury Island, on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 10am to 3pm. Your research into causes for the decline of herring runs in the Salish Sea, among other subjects, is of considerable interest for those of us who are learning about and trying to conserve & restore the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve. Although this event is not ideal for speeches, it has provided a good opportunity to set up booths with informative displays and relevant handouts, especially effective when there is a knowledgeable person to answer people’s questions. If you are too busy, is there a possibility that you know of an associate who could stand in and answer questions from the general public?
    Thank you for your work, and your efforts to share your findings.

Leave a Reply to Rayna Holtz, a Vashon Beach Naturalist volunteer Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *