Polita Glynn

Polita Glynn

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


Polita Glynn joined Pew in 2009 to direct of 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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  • Expedition Finds Rich Biodiversity Off South Africa

    Improving stewardship of the world’s oceans relies on sound data about marine ecosystems and the diverse life they contain. The quest for such information inspired Kerry Sink, Ph.D., a marine biologist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, to lead a monthlong expedition in the Atlantic and Indian oceans off South Africa, during which she documented for the first time... Read More

  • Photos of Rare Blue Whales Inspire Conservation

    The first time she saw blue whales off Sri Lanka, Asha de Vos knew she had found her heart’s calling. In addition to being a Pew fellow, marine biologist, and founder of the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project, de Vos is also an amateur photographer. Her images help track individual whales to paint a picture of their travels, behaviors, and population sizes as they also educate and inspire... Read More

  • Pew’s 2017 Marine Fellows to Tackle Pressing Ocean Issues

    What makes some coral colonies more resilient to warming ocean temperatures? How can fishery managers help ensure sustainable populations of marine life? What do changing conditions in the Southern Ocean mean for the future of penguins? Read More

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