Jim Palardy leads Pew’s work to identify research, data, policies, and other types of knowledge that can help ensure the integrity of the Trusts’ environmental programs. This includes developing new conservation projects and supporting ongoing environmental efforts with the goal of uncovering emerging science that can inform evidence-based policy recommendations. His recent work included creating a global model to estimate the flow of plastic into marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Before joining Pew, Palardy conducted technical research and provided regulatory support for federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Among other projects, he led research efforts to project the biological and economic effects of climate change and ocean acidification on global coral reefs and shellfish harvested commercially in the Gulf of Maine and Puget Sound.
Palardy holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and marine science from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from Brown University.