Jud Crawford joined Pew in 2008 as the science and policy lead for the Northeast Fisheries Program. He works with the campaign to promote science-based annual catch limits, strong monitoring programs and accountability in fisheries such as groundfish (cod, haddock, flounder), Atlantic herring, and other small schooling species that serve as food for larger fish and marine mammals. He is a professional biologist with a long history in coastal New England.
Before joining Pew, Crawford worked on a variety of scientific and conservation issues as senior scientist for the Conservation Law Foundation. He directed the Initiative on Marine Ecosystem Conservation for six years, managing an international collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund-Canada and mapping out marine areas of high value for protection of marine biodiversity. He worked on other issues such as public health and offshore energy projects and was a member of the Conservation Law Foundation’s strategic planning committee.
With expertise on the behavior and physiology of fish, Crawford entered the environmental arena as a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published scores of peer-reviewed articles and taught biology in several academic programs. He maintains his ties to academia through an active affiliation with the Boston University Marine Program, where he lectures on the intersection of policy and research.
Crawford holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Duke University, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in biological sciences from Cornell University.