Sheila Reddy is focused on finding solutions to global sustainability challenges that benefit people and nature.
As a science lead for TNC’s collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, Sheila is developing methods to integrate the value of nature into business decisions. Examples include the first side-by-side economic evaluation of natural (marshes) and built (levees) infrastructure to inform Dow’s hurricane risk mitigation strategy; novel methods to assess economic risk from water shortages and to identify solutions using natural capital valuation and water price forecasting; and a tool to rapidly quantify and value multiple ecosystem services at a business site. In recognition of these novel approaches to enhance the environment, the TNC-Dow Collaboration was recently awarded the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnerships from Harvard University. In addition to publishing in scientific journals and writing for TNC’s Cool Green Science and Science Chronicles, Sheila’s research has been featured in books and popular media outlets, such as Time Magazine, NPR, and Change.org. She is a member of TNC’s Presidential Advisory Council, the Environmental Advisory Board for the town of Carrboro, North Carolina, and advises graduate students at Duke University and University of California-San Diego.
Prior to joining TNC, Sheila was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Economics at Brown University, where she studied market drivers of sustainable fisheries in Mexico. She also served as a socioeconomics expert on the Phoenix Islands Protected Area for Conservation International. While working on her Ph.D., Sheila was a visiting scientist at the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics, Sweden and the Ministry of Fisheries, Republic of Kiribati. She also worked with World Wildlife Fund in the Mesoamerican Reef to incorporate coral bleaching sensitivity into marine reserve design. Sheila received her Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary conservation program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in affiliation with the Department of Economics, University of California-San Diego, and her B.S. in Biological Sciences with Honors from Stanford University.