Meet Francesca Gissi, an environmental scientist trying to minimize human impacts on the environment!

Francesca is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wollongong and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), based in Sydney, Australia. Her Ph.D. project is entitled “Development of new risk assessment tools for nickel in tropical marine environments”. The aim of this project is to contribute to the development of ecologically relevant risk assessment tools such as water quality guidelines to manage and minimize the impacts of mining activities on tropical coasts. Francesca began her career over 10 years ago at the University of Technology Sydney where she did a Bachelor of Environmental Science. As a big animal lover Francesca had planned on doing veterinary science but didn’t get the marks, so she opted for environmental science and discovered her true passion for doing research that contributes to minimizing human impacts on the environment.