Tessa Francis at Center for Urban Waters Co-leads Ocean Effort

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UW Tacoma research scientist Tessa Francis has been named the managing director of the Ocean Modeling Forum, a collaborative effort meant to improve understanding of the world's oceans.

Pacific herring. Photo: JJ Vollenweider, NOAA FisheriesTessa Francis, research scientist and lead ecosystem ecologist at UW Tacoma’s Puget Sound Institute, is serving as the managing director of a new international, interagency effort to improve advice for managing the world's oceans.

The effort, called the Ocean Modeling Forum, is a collaboration between the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and the NOAA Fisheries department of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Forum is meant to channel many currently fragmented approaches to modeling oceans, both quantitative and qualitative, with the result that the best features of the various approaches will coalesce around new, ecologically-informed management advice.

Read the UW News & Information story, "Ocean Modeling Forum to bring human element to herring fishery, others," as published in UW Today.

Tessa Francis received a BS in wildlife science and a PhD in zoology and urban ecology from UW in Seattle. In addition to her roles with the Ocean Modeling Forum and the Puget Sound Institute, she serves as a topic editor for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound and is on the Science Advisory Board of the Northwest Straits Commission.

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John Burkhardt / June 23, 2015
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu