Tessa Pocock, Ph.D
Chief Science Officer
Tessa Pocock is currently the Chief Science Officer at Shenandoah Growers. Pocock’s education ranges from applied to more fundamental studies as does her work history which has taken her across the globe. She started out by obtaining a diploma in Greenhouse Management from Olds Agricultural College, Canada after which she owned and operated a greenhouse and market garden operation. During this time, her interest in plant biology grew and she went on to obtain an honors BSc in plant biochemistry and physiology, an MSc in plant physiology and a PhD in Environmental Stress Biology with a focus on photochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Pocock has worked in greenhouse and indoor farm settings where she was focused on the modulation of crops by light as well as developing protocols for crop selection based on photosynthesis. She has also worked in academia conducting research on the effects of light on varying crops, from leafy greens to small fruits. Her interest in plant physiology and remote sensing of crops has led to three patents, one pending patent and one provisional patent as well as authoring dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in this space.