Jeff Francis, Ph.D.
Jeff Francis is an Assistant Research Scientist with the Harte Research Institute and the Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, Jeff Moved to Corpus Christi to pursue a Master’s in Aquaculture at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where he studied phenotypic plasticity in juvenile red drum. Concurrently, Jeff also spent a lot of time teaching science in both formal and informal settings. As a result, Jeff spent the next 5 years teaching various science subjects in local high schools before coming to HRI to pursue a doctoral degree. During his doctoral studies, he focused on understanding the linkage between ecological function and ecosystem service values of local coastal habitats. Upon completion of a doctoral degree, Jeff started an environmental consulting firm and worked as an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) consultant in the oil field.
Wanting to be closer to family, Jeff returned to HRI where he primarily works on the Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence where he manages the development of the Texas OneGulf Strategic Research and Action Plan, a document that will set the research agenda for Texas OneGulf in the coming years. Jeff also coordinates the Texas OneGulf Network of Experts (TONE), a group of 150+ experts brought together to inform decision makers about issues that affect the environmental and human health of the Gulf of Mexico.