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Compass Points covers the world of conservation issues to provide you with fact-based and non-partisan research, science, data, and direction from Pew’s leading experts. Across land and sea, Pew is committed to conserving the natural environment for future generations, protecting species and special places that are critical to the balance of life on Earth. 

One of the great challenges of our time is saving the natural environment and the rich array of life it supports. On land, our last unspoiled places offer an opportunity to conserve pristine landscapes. And reforms to ocean governance are essential to address overfishing, pollution, climate change, and loss of habitat. Pew’s work in the United States and abroad helps preserve wilderness, restore biodiversity, and increase understanding of ocean ecology.

From basic research to technical assistance and advocacy, the foundation of our work is careful planning; a consistent focus on facts, science and data; strong partnerships; and a commitment to stewardship, innovation, and measurable results.

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Marcia Argust
Project Director
Restore America's Parks
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Marcia Argust directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ campaign to restore America’s parks, working with a team of land management and legislative experts to address deferred maintenance issues within the National Park System.

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Peter Baker
Director
U.S. Oceans, Northeast
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Peter Baker directs Pew’s ocean conservation work in New England. He leads the campaign to establish science-based annual catch limits, strong monitoring programs and accountability in fisheries such as groundfish (cod, haddock, flounder), Atlantic herring, and other small schooling species that serve as food for larger fish and marine mammals.

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Angela Bednarek
Project Director
Environmental Science
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Angela Bednarek is a project director in environmental science at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She develops strategies for enhancing and assessing the policy relevance of the project’s research investments, including identifying scholarship opportunities and bringing together scholars and practitioners to improve the connections between science and policy.

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Uta Bellion
Director
European Marine Programme
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Uta Bellion directs Pew's European marine work, which aims to strengthen the role of the European Union in stopping global overfishing and destruction of the world's oceans.

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Holly Binns
Director
U.S. Oceans, Southeast
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Holly Binns directs Pew’s efforts to protect ocean life, and end overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. South Atlantic Ocean and the U.S. Caribbean.

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Christophe Chevillon
Director
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Andrew Clayton
Project Director
Ending Overfishing in North-Western Europe
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Steve Ganey
Senior Director
Lands and Ocean
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Polita Glynn
Director
Pew Marine Fellows Program
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Rebecca Goldburg
Director
Ocean Science
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Bronwen Golder
Director
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Michelle Grady
Director
Oceans and Western Australia
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Cesar Guala Catalán
Consultant
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Peter Horn
Officer
Ending Illegal Fishing Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Peter Horn leads Pew’s work on remote surveillance technology, which is helping countries better enforce laws aimed at ending illegal fishing. Horn manages a surveillance system developed in conjunction with Satellite Applications Catapult. The integrated monitoring platform combines satellite technology and imagery data with other information, such as fishing vessel databases and oceanographic data, to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity.

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Seth Horstmeyer
Director
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Eleanor Huffines
Senior Officer
U.S. Arctic
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Henry Huntington
Senior Officer
Protecting Life in the Arctic
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Henry Huntington is a senior officer and science director for Pew’s Arctic Ocean projects, which promote science- and community-based conservation of Arctic waters in the United States, Canada, and Greenland, and among all countries that border the Arctic. Huntington oversees the projects’ efforts to advocate for scientifically sound policies that are consistent with subsistence cultures and sustainable development.

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Julie Janovsky
Senior Manager
Ending Illegal Fishing Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Liz Karan
Senior Manager
Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Andrea Kavanagh
Director
Global Penguin Conservation Campaign
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Jennifer Koskelin-Gibbons
Consultant
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Laura Lightbody
Project Director
Flood-Prepared Communities
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Laura Lightbody directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project aimed at reducing the impact of weather-related catastrophes, such as floods and hurricanes, on the U.S. economy, communities, and environment by reforming federal flood disaster policies. She previously served as a manager for Pew’s clean energy initiative.  
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Suzanne Little
Officer
America’s Western Lands
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Tony Long
Director
Ending Illegal Fishing Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Steve Marx
Officer
U.S. Oceans, North Pacific
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Ted Morton
Director
U.S. Oceans
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Amanda Nickson
Director
Global Tuna Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Conn Nugent
Project Director
Seabed Mining Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Conn Nugent directs Pew’s seabed mining project, an initiative to ensure the adoption of a science-based international code that prohibits mining in large protected areas and minimizes environmental damage where mining is allowed.

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Jérôme Petit
Director
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Ken Rait
Project Director
America’s Western Lands
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Matt Rand
Director
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Mark Richardson
Officer
Ending Illegal Fishing Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Mark Richardson supports Pew’s ending illegal fishing project by helping to develop policy and technology solutions that bring actionable fisheries data and intelligence, and allow governments and industry around the world to take decisive action against illegal fishing. He focuses on research and development, and leads Pew’s partnership with Interpol on Project Scale—a platform that uses Interpol’s global police network to fight illegal fishing and related criminal activity.

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Jen Sawada
Officer
Global Shark Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jen Sawada is an officer for Pew’s global shark conservation campaign, managing efforts to encourage countries in the Pacific and Caribbean to adopt domestic measures to protect sharks, including creating shark sanctuaries. Since joining Pew in August 2009 as an associate and later a senior associate, she has worked on conservation measures in Honduras, Guam, American Samoa, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Samoa.

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Daniel Schaeffer
Project Director
Ending Illegal Fishing Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Daniel Schaeffer leads Pew’s work on the use of technology to better enforce laws intended to stop illegal fishing around the world. The project focuses on satellite systems and other high-tech devices, which are more efficient and cost-effective than traditional methods of monitoring marine fisheries.

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Paul Shively
Project Director
U.S. Oceans, Pacific
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Tom Swanson
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Swanson is a project director with Pew’s clean energy initiative. He coordinates research, coalition, and field activities for the Pew Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate and oversees the clean energy initiative’s field operation.

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Huw Thomas
Senior Officer
Ending Illegal Fishing Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Huw Thomas manages market engagement for Pew’s ending illegal fishing project. The project focuses on building a sustainable future for the world’s oceans by preventing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. In his role at Pew, Thomas works to develop policies and practices that retail supply chains can adopt to reduce industry sales of IUU seafood. 

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Barry Traill
Director
Outback Australia
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Luke Warwick
Project Director
Global Shark Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Tom Wathen
Vice President
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Wathen is a vice president, directing  Pew’s environmental work in ocean conservation, land protection, and clean energy, with a focus on projects that span the distance from the Arctic Ocean to the tip of South America.

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Elizabeth Wilson
Project Director
International ocean policy
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Mark Young
Senior Officer
Ending Illegal Fishing Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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