Johnny Briggs serves as a senior officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, working to create large, highly protected marine reserves in the waters of the U.K. Overseas Territories.
Briggs joined Pew in 2015. His early efforts focused on securing the legal designation of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve in the South Pacific Ocean. The British government made that designation in 2016. Briggs’ work then shifted to the campaign to strengthen marine conservation measures in the waters surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, a U.K. Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
Before coming to Pew, Briggs worked for more than seven years on environmental policy and global advocacy projects at a consultancy in central London. He holds a doctorate in climate science from the University of Nottingham and a master’s degree in global energy and climate change policy from SOAS University of London.