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Sheila Walsh Reddy, Ph.D.


Sheila Walsh Reddy

Behavioral Economist, The Nature Conservancy

Sheila is a Behavioral Economist at The Nature Conservancy. Her research focuses on understanding and transforming private practices and policies in order to make conservation a regular part of how people live and work. 

Through TNC’s collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, Sheila has been part of a team that is developing new methods, tools, and goals for businesses to value nature in their decisions. Sheila is now the TNC lead for the pilot to test the Nature Goal process – a corporate-wide process that aims to provide a blueprint for Dow and other corporations to value nature. Beyond the TNC-Dow Collaboration, Sheila has worked with teams of interdisciplinary scientists and practitioners to understand why and when local communities conserve nature in decisions related to coastal protection and fisheries.

Prior to joining TNC in 2011, Sheila was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Economics and the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. Sheila received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography through an interdisciplinary program with the Department of Economics at University of California-San Diego. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

 

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Essays and Media

In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals (see publications tab), Sheila has written numerous essays and her research has been covered by various media outlets (see selection below). You can also follow her on Twitter at @NatureReddy.

 

Publications

2015  

Kochnower, D., S.M.W. Reddy, R. Flick. In press. Factors influencing local decisions to use habitats to protect coastal communities from hazards. Ocean and Coastal Management.

Reddy, S.M.W., G. Guannel, R. Griffin, J. Faries, T. Boucher, M. Thompson, J. Brenner, J. Bernhardt, G. Verutes, S.A. Wood, J. Silver, J. Toft, A. Rogers, A. Maas, A. Guerry, J. Molnar, J.L. DiMuro. 2015. Evaluating the role of coastal habitats and sea-level rise in hurricane risk mitigation: An ecological economic assessment method and application to a business decision. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management doi: 10.1002/ieam.1678

Reddy, S.M.W., R.I. McDonald, A. Maas, A. Rogers, E.H. Girvetz, S. Wood, J. Molnar, J. DiMuro, T. Finley, G. Leathers. 2015. Industrialized watersheds have elevated water risk and limited opportunities to mitigate risk through water trading. Water Resources and Industry 11: 27-45. doi:10.1016/j.wri.2015.04.001

Leslie, H.M., X. Basurto, M. Nenadovic, L. Sievanen, K.C. Cavanaugh, J.J. Cota-Nieto, B. Erisman, E. Finkbeiner, G. Hinojosa-Arango, M. Moreno-Báez, S. Nagavarapu, S.M.W. Reddy, A. Sánchez-Rodríguez, K. Siegel, J.J. Ulibarria-Valenzuela, A. Hudson Weaver, O. Aburto-Oropeza. 2015. Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences112(19):5979-5984. doi:10.1073/pnas.1414640112

Wood, C.L., J. Baum, S.M.W. Reddy, R. Trebilco, S. Sandin, B. Zgliczynski, A. Briggs, F. Micheli. 2015. Productivity and fishing pressure drive variability in fish parasite assemblages of the Line Islands, equatorial Pacific. Ecology 96:1383–1398. doi:10.1890/13-2154.1

Reddy, S.M.W, R.I. McDonald, A. Maas, A. Rogers, E.H. Girvertz, J. North, J. Molnar, J.L. DiMuro, T. Finley, G. Leathers. 2015. Finding solutions to water scarcity: A case study of incorporating ecosystem service values into business planning at The Dow Chemical Company’s Freeport facility. Ecosystem Services 12: 94-107. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.12.001 

2014 

Reddy, S.M. W., T. Groves, S. Nagavarapu. 2014. Consequences of a government-controlled agricultural price increase on fishing and the coral reef ecosystem in the Republic of Kiribati. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96817 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096817Faculty 1000 Recommended
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2013 

Roy, E. D., A. T. Morzillo, F. Seijo, S. M. Reddy, J. M. Rhemtulla, J. C. Midler, T. Kuemmerle, and S. L. Martin. 2013. The elusive pursuit of interdisciplinarity at the human-environment interface. BioScience. 63:745-753.

Reddy, S.M.W., A. Wentz, M. Maxey, O. Aburto-Oropeza, S. Nagavarapu, H. Leslie. 2013. Evidence of market-driven size-selective fishing and the mediating effects of biological and institutional factors. Ecological Applications 23: 726-741. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-1196.1

2012 

Carilli, J.E. and Walsh, S.M. 2012. Benthic foraminiferal assemblages from Kiritimati (Christmas) Island indicate increased nutrification has occurred on a decadal scale. Marine Ecology Progress Series 456:87-99. doi:10.3354/meps09684

Walsh, S. M., B.I. Ruttenberg, S.L. Hamilton, M. Donovan, S.A. Sandin. 2012. Fishing indirectly affects condition and reproduction in a reef fish community. Journal of Fish Biology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.03209.x

2011 

Ruttenberg B.I., Hamilton S.L., Walsh S.M., Donovan M.K., Friedlander A., et al. 2011. Predator-induced demographic shifts in coral reef fish assemblages. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21062. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021062

Walsh, S.M. 2011. Ecosystem-scale effects of nutrients and fishing on coral reefs. Journal of Marine Biology. doi:10.1155/2011/187248

2010 

Walsh, Sheila, Theodore Groves, Sriniketh Nagavarapu. "Promoting Alternative Livelihoods for Conservation Backfires when Non-Monetary Benefits of Traditional Livelihoods are Important", July 2, 2010. UCSD, Center for Environmental Economics, Working Paper Series 10-02.

Eakin, C.M. et al. (and 63 co-authors). 2010. Caribbean corals in crisis: record thermal stress, bleaching, and mortality in 2005. PLoS ONE http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0013969

Sandin, S.A., S.M. Walsh, J.B.C. Jackson. 2010. Prey release, trophic cascades, and phase shifts in tropical nearshore marine ecosystems. In J. Estes and J. Terborgh (eds) Trophic cascades, Island Press. pp. 71-91.

Carilli, J.E., R.D. Norris, B. Black, S.M. Walsh, M.D. McField. 2010. Century-scale records of coral growth rates indicate that local stressors reduce coral thermal tolerance threshold. Global Change Biology 16: 1247-1257.

Vermeij, M., M. Dailer, S.M. Walsh, M. Donovan, C. Smith. 2010. The effects of trophic interactions and spatial competition on algal community composition on Hawaiian Coral Reefs. Marine Ecology 31: 291-299.

2009 

Carilli, J.E., R.D. Norris, B.A. Black, S.M. Walsh, M. McField. 2009. Local stressors reduce coral resilience to bleaching. PLoS ONE 4(7): e6324.

2008 

Sandin S.A., J.E. Smith, E.E. DeMartini, E.D. Dinsdale, S.D. Donner, A.M. Friedlander, T. Konotchick, M. Maley, J.E. Maragos, D. Obura, O. Pantos, G. Paulay, M. Richie, F. Rowher, R.E. Schroeder, S.M. Walsh, J.B.C. Jackson., N. Knowlton, E. Sala. 2008. Degradation of coral reef communities across a gradient of recent human disturbance. PLoS ONE 3(2): e1548.

2006 

Carson, R. and S. Walsh. 2006. Preventing oil spill damages: lessons from the Exxon Valdez. Oceanis 32(3/4): 349-372.

Garren, M., S.M. Walsh, A. Caccone, N. Knowlton. 2006. Patterns of association between Symbiodinium and members of the Montastraea annularis species complex on spatial scales ranging from within colonies to between geographic ranges. Coral Reefs (25): 503-512.

2005 

Walsh, S. and M. McField. 2005. Understanding patterns of bleaching in the Mesoamerican Reef: A collaborative effort to support resilience-based management. Major contribution in H. Schuttenberg and P. Marshall, eds. Responding to global change: a reef manager’s guide to coral bleaching. NOAA, Washington, D.C.

 

 

Sheila is a Behavioral Economist at The Nature Conservancy. Her research focuses on understanding and transforming private practices and policies in order to make conservation a regular part of how people live and work. 

Through TNC’s collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, Sheila has been part of a team that is developing new methods, tools, and goals for businesses to value nature in their decisions. The defining success of this work is Dow’s Nature Goal – a first-ever commitment by a corporation to consider nature in virtually all of its business decisions. Sheila is the TNC lead for the pilot to test the Nature Goal process, which aims to provide a blueprint for other corporations to value nature.

Beyond the TNC-Dow Collaboration, Sheila has worked with teams of interdisciplinary scientists and practitioners to understand why and when local communities conserve nature. This work has highlighted the importance of behavioral and institutional factors, as opposed to purely ecological and economic factors, in decisions related to coastal protection and fisheries. The results have helped identify new ways to influence positive behavior change using state policy, local institutions, demonstration sites, emotion, leaders, and social norms.

In 2014, Sheila was named a New Horizons in Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. She has over 20 publications, including one that was recommended by the Faculty of 1000. The TNC-Dow Collaboration received the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnerships in 2013 and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2015. 

Prior to joining TNC in 2011, Sheila was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Economics and the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. Sheila received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography through an interdisciplinary program with the Department of Economics at University of California-San Diego. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

 

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