Peter Edwards works on Pew’s conservation science project, which focuses on using evidence-based research to inform conservation policy and the sustainable management of global natural resources. Edwards leads the development of conservation economics, marine science, and environmental policy, and contributes technical expertise to Pew’s strategic planning and ongoing environmental projects.
Before joining Pew, Edwards was a contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. At NOAA, he led research efforts to assess the economic impacts and value of habitat restoration activities for NOAA Fisheries. He also led a team that designed and implemented a long-term socioeconomic monitoring program of U.S. coral reef areas. Prior to working in the U.S., Edwards spent more than 10 years as a consultant and academic researcher focusing on tropical ecology, environmental monitoring, and coastal zone management in Jamaica and several other Caribbean countries.
Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s in marine sciences from the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, and a Ph.D. in marine studies from the University of Delaware.