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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  • 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

  • South Georgia Island

    On an expedition to South Georgia Island, a member of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ staff explored the natural and cultural history of this remote, rugged place—home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. Three blog posts chronicle his journey and observations. Read More

  • Whaling and Seal Hunting Defined South Georgia—but then Crashed

    In 1788, some 13 years after British explorer Capt. James Cook landed on South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, the first sealer arrived. By 1825 an estimated 1.2 million fur seals had been killed for their pelts, and by 1912 the fur sealing industry had come to an end, with the species almost wiped out on South Georgia.  Read More

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