Francesca C. Forrestal, Ph.D.
Francesca C. Forrestal, Ph.D. is a Research Ecologist at the NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Fisheries Science Center.
Francesca obtained her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries in 2016 from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She holds an Master's of Science degree in Marine Affairs and Policy also from the University of Miami. She received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her graduate work focused on the ecosystem effects of bycatch from the tropical tuna purse seine fishery. Prior to joining NOAA Fisheries, Francesca was a postdoctoral associate at the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami. Her postdoctoral work centered on pelagic species distribution modeling and standardization methods estimating abundance from simulated pelagic longline catch data.