Theresa Burcsu
Science & Analytics Director

Theresa is passionate about creating positive change. She comes to The Freshwater Trust with more than a decade of experience working to create such change in natural resources management and conservation, as well as the supporting data and its application. She has gained her diverse experiences through applied research and technical leadership in the non-profit, academic, and government sectors, including work with the Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon State and Portland State Universities, and state and federal government service. Theresa holds a MA in Geography from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a PhD in Environmental Science from Indiana University. As Science and Analytics Director, Theresa focuses on ensuring the highest quality products through alignment, coordination, and collaboration. When not in the office, Theresa might be found gardening, leading girl scouts, raising her own daughter, running, or volunteering.

Theresa’s Why: I work at TFT because I believe that science and analytics hold enormous and achievable potential for changing the world we live in. I work at TFT because I passionately believe that there should be much more than adequate supplies of high quality freshwater and freshwater habitat, that those supplies are equitably shared, and ultimately that they sustain our Earth and all its inhabitants; I want to fight this fight, it’s the good fight.

Home River: New River, North Carolina