Vanessa Tuttle graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in marine biology. She worked as a NOAA Fisheries Observer in Alaska, off the West Coast in the hake fishery, and the Gulf of Mexico. After that, she worked for Auburn University as a research assistant studying red snapper. Vanessa joined the FRAM Division in Seattle in 2002.
Vanessa oversees the At-sea Hake Observer Program including all aspects of training, in-season advising and final debriefing of observers. Her current focus is on ensuring data quality, filling data requests, developing sampling protocols and biological data collection. As time allows, she also assists with the Groundfish Survey Team, collecting data at sea.