Johnny Briggs

Johnny Briggs

  • Officer
  • Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Johnny Briggs serves as an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, working to create large, highly protected marine reserves in the waters of the U.K. Overseas Territories.

Briggs joined Pew in 2015. His early efforts focused on securing the legal designation of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve in the South Pacific Ocean. The British government made that designation in 2016. Briggs’ work then shifted to the campaign to strengthen marine conservation measures in the waters surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, a U.K. Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

Before coming to Pew, Briggs worked for more than seven years on environmental policy and global advocacy projects at a consultancy in central London. He holds a doctorate in climate science from the University of Nottingham and a master’s degree in global energy and climate change policy from SOAS University of London. 

Recent Work

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  • Teeming With Wildlife, the Seas of the South Sandwich Islands Merit Protection Now

    In a remote and wind-swept area of the Southern Ocean, over 2,500 kilometres east of South America, sits South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The islands and the surrounding seas are teeming with wildlife, including penguins, whales, fur seals, and albatrosses. Such globally significant wildlife—and the fact that a large proportion of these waters are isolated and unexploited by... Read More

  • How Much of the Ocean Is Really Protected?

    Our planet is home to wonderfully diverse natural habitats that support a huge range of life. But many of those places—and the species that rely on them—are under threat. Sufficiently protecting them requires a broad, multinational effort, which is why bodies such as the United Nations set conservation targets. While governments around the world have safeguarded large areas of land,... Read More

  • Penguins as Far as the Eye Can See

    South Georgia and the nearby Sandwich Islands are home to one-quarter of the penguins on the planet, as well as tens of millions of breeding pairs of other seabirds and an abundance of seals and whales—two animals that were nearly wiped out by hunting here in the 1800s and 1900s.  Read More

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