Frances joined Oceana in August 2017 as a Science Associate for the Science and Strategy Team.
Frances brings a strong background to the team, having both scientific research and international field work experience. After getting her B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Texas A&M University, she immediately carried her quantitative skills to the Wildlife and Fisheries department as a graduate student of her Alma Mater. She advanced her ecological modeling skills on various projects culminating in her final studies of phytoplankton population dynamics in an oceanic environment. Her projects and studies developed interests in multidisciplinary and international work as she presented at conferences throughout the continental US, Hawaii, and Saudi Arabia. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps ’14-’16 in the Philippines working in Coastal Resource Management where she focused on fisheries management, best fishing practices, sustainability, and environmental education within her local community. It was there that she fell in love with the ocean and spent as much time underwater as possible. That passion fuels her focus on advocacy for the ocean and the people who directly depend on it for their livelihoods.
At Oceana, Frances hopes to uphold Oceana’s high standards of solid science-based policy advocacy as well as incorporate her international experience to learn more about the human and policy elements of ocean advocacy.