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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  • How Pew Marine Fellows Are Helping Protect Our Oceans

    Providing the scientific basis for marine protected areas, pioneering new approaches in conservation, and working with communities to ensure sustainable fisheries are just some of the ways scientists are using fellowships awarded under the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation. From local to global conservation projects, these researchers take innovative approaches to protecting the marine... Read More

  • See It, Post It: Citizen Data Could Influence Scientific Findings

    Interested in recording and discussing changes in your environment with scientists and experts? There’s an app for that. The LEO Network—which stands for Local Environmental Observer—is an online community that connects citizens with technical experts to identify and document signs of environmental change. Read More

  • Ailing Coral Reefs May Get Help From Tiny Partners

    In recent years, marine scientists in Florida have wondered why some corals are more resilient to climate change. Now those experts may have an answer: a microscopic organism that uses sunlight to make food for its hosts. This organism could help combat the global decline of coral reefs resulting from warming waters. Read More

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Officer, Communications