Conn Nugent directs Pew’s seabed mining project, an initiative to ensure the adoption of a science-based international code that prohibits mining in large protected areas and minimizes environmental damage where mining is allowed.
Before coming to Pew, Nugent was a senior fellow of the Ocean Foundation, where he wrote background papers and policy analyses on aquaculture, ocean acidification, coral reefs, and seabed mining; president of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and Environment; executive director of the J.M. Kaplan Fund; and environment program director at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. He also was the first executive director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize during his tenure.
Nugent earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School, both with honors.