Polita Glynn

Polita Glynn

  • Director
  • Pew Marine Fellows Program,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Florida


Polita Glynn joined Pew in 2009 to direct the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, which provides fellowships to outstanding natural and social scientists, researchers and others around the globe to support innovative projects aimed at developing and implementing solutions to critical challenges facing the world’s oceans.

She directed the Fellows Program from 2005 to 2008 when it was based at the University of Miami in Florida. Previously, she was a freelance project director, educator, media writer and producer specializing in marine conservation. She developed programs and campaigns for organizations such as Biscayne National Park, the Marineland Dolphin Conservation Center, International Year of the Reef and Sea Grant. As an educator, she worked with the Massachusetts State Department of Education, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the U.S. Agency for International Development on the design and development of media and multicultural education programs.

Glynn holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Bennington College and a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She studied film and television production at the University of Miami.

Recent Work

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  • Ecosystem-Based Management Can Protect Fisheries’ Economic Value

    For decades, many scientists have recommended that fisheries managers consider ecosystem factors—such as how predators interact with prey—when setting catch limits and other policies and guidance. Those scientists often cite sustainability as a key benefit of this approach, known as ecosystem-based fisheries management, or EBFM. Now, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the... Read More

  • Pew’s 2018 Marine Fellows to Address Global Ocean Issues

    From using satellites to monitor mangrove forests to forecasting how fish populations will respond to changing ocean conditions and understanding how plastic waste travels on ocean currents, the 2018 Pew marine fellows will tackle pressing issues affecting ocean conservation. The geographic range of the work is equally broad, with projects planned from New England to Fiji, and Asia to Latin... Read More

  • Pew Marine Fellows, Advisers Meet With Chilean Leader

    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and her environment minister, Marcelo Mena Carrasco, met in the nation’s capital, Santiago, in October with past recipients of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ marine fellowships and program advisers.  Read More

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