Dr. Tessa Francis
Chief of Staff, National Nature Assessment
Dr. Tessa Francis is the Chief of Staff for the National Nature Assessment. She is detailed to USGCRP from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Tessa is an aquatic ecologist whose research focuses on the conservation and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and consequences for social-ecological systems. Previously, Tessa served as the Lead Ecosystem Ecologist at the University of Washington Tacoma’s Puget Sound Institute, where she conducted research and led teams in connecting scientific and technical information to Puget Sound recovery and restoration planning. She was also the Managing Director of the University of Washington Ocean Modeling Forum for 8 years, where she led teams of interdisciplinary scientists and stakeholders in addressing important ocean management issues. Tessa received the Northwest Straits Environmental Leadership Award in 2023. Tessa holds a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley, a BS in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Zoology and Urban Ecology from the University of Washington.