Environmental Science

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Science provides a critical foundation for effective environmental conservation measures. Pew pursues a diverse portfolio of scientific projects to answer key questions and provide practical data.

Pew’s experts develop, support, and communicate scientific research and technical analyses that explain critical emerging issues, inform policy, and advance solutions to conservation problems.


Sentinels Of the Ocean

The science of the world's penguins

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  • How to Catch Parrotfish While Protecting Coral Reefs

    A simple change to Caribbean fisheries management could help sustain both coral reefs and fishermen in the face of climate change, according to a new study by Pew marine fellow Peter Mumby, an ecologist at the University of Queensland, Australia, and four colleagues. Read More

  • Netting Billions: A Global Valuation of Tuna

    Taken together, the seven most commercially important tuna species are among the most economicallyvaluable fishes on the planet. Collectively, skipjack, albacore, bigeye, yellowfin, Atlantic bluefin, Pacific bluefin,and southern bluefin tuna inhabit all of the tropical and temperate waters of the Earth’s oceans—and supportartisanal and industrial fishing wherever they exist. Canned and other... Read More

  • The Economic Value of ‘Quiet Recreation’ on BLM Lands

    Nonmotorized recreation on the 246 million acres of our nation’s land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) supports 25,000 jobs and generates $2.8 billion for the U.S. economy, according to the first study focused entirely on the economic contribution of “quiet recreation” visitors on BLM lands. Read More


The Environment Science project develops and supports scientific research that help to explain critical emerging issues, inform policy and advance solutions to conservation problems.

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Kymberly Escobar

Director, Communications