Jérôme Petit directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s work in French Polynesia. The effort is part of a larger initiative with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022.
Petit previously worked with the European Commission, managing projects financed by the European Union (EU) in developing countries and representing the EU during negotiations under the convention on biological diversity. Before that, he was in French Polynesia, coordinating biodiversity inventories as a researcher at the University of California. He also worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Brussels and at research centers in Australia, Burkina Faso, Nepal, and France.
Petit holds a master’s degree in environmental science from Institut supérieur d’Agriculture et d’Agro-alimentaire Rhône-Alpes, a master’s in political sciences from Université Bordeaux IV Montesquieu, and a doctorate in life science from École Pratique des Hautes Études, La Sorbonne Paris.