Rebecca Goldburg

Rebecca Goldburg

  • Director
  • Ocean Science,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • New Jersey


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.

Recent Work

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  • International Meeting Highlights How Science Can Cause Change

    Science does much more than simply teach us about the world around us. It often sparks global action and shapes communities. The Society for Conservation Biology’s International Marine Conservation Congress from Aug. 14 to 18 is one place where this can happen. Read More

  • Marine Aquaculture in the United States

    • Report

    Global aquaculture production is growing rapidly, with production more than doubling in weight and by value from 1989 to 1998. With many capture fisheries catches peaking, scientists, governments, and international organizations all point to aquaculture as the most important means to increase global fish supplies. Read More

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