Natural Resource Economist and Social Science Coordinator, NOAA
Dr. Peter Edwards has over fifteen (15) years of academic training and professional experience in tropical ecology, environmental monitoring, coastal zone management and environmental consultancy.
He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) in Zoology and Marine Sciences (respectively). He completed his PhD at the 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 using stated preference techniques.
He is currently a consultant/federal contractor with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is based in the National Ocean Service, and currently serves as the Social Science Coordinator and Natural Resource Economist for the Coral Reef Conservation Program He is responsible for incorporating social science and economic approaches to the Coral Program’s activities. This includes leading a national social science monitoring project that covers all seven (7) U.S. coral reef jurisdictions as well as serving as the Global Coordinator of the Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management (SocMon).
Prior this he worked in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.as the Natural Resource Economist for the Office of Habitat Conservation. His duties included estimating the local, regional, and national economic impacts and value of the habitat protection and restoration activities of the Habitat Office. He was responsible for leading the effort to monitor the economic impacts of federal expenditures on fifty (50) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) habitat restoration projects which led to a number of peer reviewed publications. Dr. Edwards has also led a number of ecosystem valuation studies in Jamaica for various Organizations