Tom Wheatley manages efforts to increase resiliency for biodiversity and vulnerable communities in the southeastern U.S. for Pew’s U.S. conservation project. In this role, he works to support and expand the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative, among other initiatives. Wheatley previously managed Pew’s work in the Gulf of Mexico to stop the waste of Atlantic bluefin tuna, protect important marine habitats such as deep-sea corals and seagrass meadows, conserve and restore oysters, and ensure sustainable fishing and robust marine food webs. Wheatley is based in Tampa, Florida.
Before coming to Pew, Wheatley was the regional representative for the Marine Fish Conservation Network in the Gulf of Mexico, advocating for national policies to achieve healthy oceans and productive fisheries and working with partners to end overfishing, protect marine habitats, and curb wasteful fishing practices. He also was the regional representative for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the Alaska Coalition and served as canvass director for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment in New York.
Wheatley holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Pennsylvania State University.