Peter Edwards, has over twenty (25) years of academic training and professional experience in tropical ecology, environmental monitoring, coastal zone management, marine policy and environmental economics . He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) in Zoology and Marine Sciences (respectively). He also holds a PhD from University of Delaware, in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Policy. His research was focused on the non-market economic valuation of coastal ecosystems.
Dr. Edwards is currently an Economist at The Pew Charitable Trusts' (Washington DC) in their Conservation Science Division. His research efforts include a broad range of economic and social science approaches as they are applied to marine and terrestrial environmental science and policy. Previously, Dr Edwards was a consultant/federal contractor with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, and served as the Social Science Coordinator and Natural Resource Economist for the Coral Reef Conservation Program. Dr Edwards is a Diaspora based JIEP council member