Tess Present, Ph.D
Areas of Expertise
- Policy & Program Design
- Capacity Building in Adaptive Management
- Organizational Learning
- Facilitation & Coalition Building
Education & Certificates
- Ph.D., MARINE BIOLOGY, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
- B.A., BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Tess Present, Ph.D
Tess joined EI after 11+ years with the National Audubon Society, most recently as Vice President of Conservation and Strategic Planning with responsibilities including co-chairing Audubon’s first strategic planning process in 13 years; providing support and leadership to Audubon staff, partners, and volunteers for the development of flyway and landscape-scale, state, and site-level conservation plans; training and educating the Audubon network in the concepts and application of an adaptive management approach to the planning and implementation of conservation projects; and designing a process for tracking metrics for conservation impact and organizational effectiveness. During her tenure at Audubon, Tess launched an industry partnership to provide $25 million in Geographic Information System software, technical support, and training resources to Audubon; managed the $2.1 million Audubon-Monsanto partnership project (Waterbirds on Working Lands); and served as Audubon’s Acting Director of Science for three years, overseeing the operations ($3.1 million budget; 17+ staff) and programmatic activities of Audubon’s National Science Division.
Tess joined the conservation field after a 15-year career of university teaching and research focused on the ecology of marine, estuarine, and coastal communities. She received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, and her undergraduate degree from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. She has held faculty appointments at San Diego State University, the Marine Sciences Research Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the University of Miami.