Peter Topping

Pete grew up fishing, paddling, swimming, and boating on the waters of the Peconic Estuary and is now teaching his children to do the same. It was the brown tide algal blooms of the 1980’s that first inspired him to pursue Marine Science and a life dedicated to protecting and restoring the marine environment. Pete holds a degree in Marine Science Biology from Long Island University’s Southampton College as well as a Master’s in Teaching Biology from Stony Brook University. He has worked as a marine science instructor in the Florida Keys, an environmental educator and program developer in California, and as an interpretive ranger with the National Park service in Maine.  Prior to joining Peconic Baykeeper in 2019, he was employed as a Bay Management Specialist with Town East Hampton, aiding in the cultivation and seeding of millions of shellfish (oysters, hard clams, and bay scallops) into town waters each year. Peter is most at home on and in the water and loves sharing his love and dedication of protecting this resource with the community.