Veronica Frans

Veronica Frans

Doctoral student


Master of Science: International Nature Conservation 

Georg-August-Universität-Göttingen, January 2015, Göttingen, Germany

Master of International Nature Conservation 

Lincoln University, January 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand

Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science, Spanish minor 

Messiah College, May 2007, Mechanicsburg, PA

Bachelor of Arts: French 

Messiah College, May 2007, Mechanicsburg, PA

Environmental Analyst Certificate 

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Aug. 2008, Mancelona, MI


Originally from New York City and New Jersey, Veronica became interested in the sciences as a child thanks to scientific outreach programs. Over time, her interests in nature became her vocation as she pursued degrees in the environmental sciences (BSc) and nature conservation (MSc). During her studies, she gained specialist skills in geographic information systems (GIS) and ecological and spatial modeling.

Veronica holds particular interests in marine environments, which is reflected in her internship experiences in Belize and Hong Kong, and 8 years spent working at sea as a NOAA fisheries observer in Alaska.  Veronica is also interested in community-engaged research. She recently worked in the Falkland Islands, where she gathered local ecological knowledge from local residents to investigate whale population recovery in the area. Veronica also has an affinity for languages and can speak conversational French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and German.

As a PhD student at CSIS, Veronica is a recipient of the MSU University Enrichment Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is excited to develop new concepts in ecology and metacoupled systems, and test them at local and international scales.