Rebecca Goldburg directs Pew’s environmental science work, which largely focuses on research related to conservation and includes the Lenfest Ocean Program and the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation.
Before joining Pew, Goldburg was a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a national nonprofit research and advocacy organization, where her work included the scientific and public policy issues of fish farming, antibiotic resistance, and agricultural biotechnology. At EDF, Goldburg also worked to increase market demand for more sustainably produced seafood and poultry through partnerships with several major corporate purchasers of these items. She served on the Marine Aquaculture Task Force established by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Pew. Goldburg also co-wrote the Pew Oceans Commission’s report on marine aquaculture.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Princeton University, and a master’s in statistics and a doctorate in ecology from the University of Minnesota.