Rebecca Goldburg directs Pew’s ocean science work, focusing on support for marine conservation research, including the Lenfest Ocean Program, the Sea Around Us project and the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation.
Before joining Pew, Goldburg was a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a national nonprofit research and advocacy organization, where she worked for 20 years. There, she focused on scientific and public policy issues of fish farming, especially the massive use of wild caught fish in feed for farmed fish. At EDF, Goldburg also worked to increase market demand for more sustainably produced seafood through partnerships with several major corporate purchasers of seafood. She served on the Marine Aquaculture Task Force established by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and The Pew Charitable Trusts, which released recommendations on U.S. aquaculture policy in 2007. Goldburg also co-authored the Pew Oceans Commission’s report on marine aquaculture.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota.
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A recent research project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts has found that productivity—the rate of reproduction—of marine predators declines sharply when their supply of prey, such as forage fish, drops below about a third of maximum capacity, that is, the number of individuals of a species that can be supported indefinitely by a given environment. Read More
Scientists have discovered that winter temperatures affect the distribution and abundance of fish species along the South Atlantic coast of the United States. A new study funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts found greater abundance of southern, warm-water species in northern waters after mild winters. Read More
President Barack Obama recently took action on two marine national monuments, citing the urgent need to help wildlife survive amid changing ocean conditions. Read More