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Sheila Walsh Reddy, Ph.D.


Sheila Walsh Reddy

Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Chief Strategy Office

Sheila Reddy, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Chief Strategy Office. She helps manage the full portfolio of strategies across The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Sheila also supports the development of individual strategies through behavioral economics research. Previously, Sheila was a Senior Economist and Strategy Advisor for Behavioral Insights.

Over the last 10 years, Sheila has worked to bring economics and behavioral sciences to conservation strategies related to fisheries, poverty, coastal hazards, freshwater scarcity, urban conservation, and agriculture. Highlights include uncovering how behavioral and institutional factors interact with ecological factors to affect the success and failure of coastal policies, helping a Fortune 50 company develop a $1 billion sustainability goal for valuing nature, and running a large experimental trial testing new ways to increase sustainable agricultural practices.

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Publications

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2017

Reddy, S.M., Montambault, J., Masuda, Y.J., Keenan, E., Butler, W., Fisher, J.R., Asah, S.T. & Gneezy, A. (2017). Advancing Conservation by Understanding and Influencing Human Behavior. Conservation Letters, 10, 248–256.

2016

Aburto-Oropeza, O., Leslie, H.M., Mack-Crane, A., Nagavarapu, S., Reddy, S.M.W. & Sievanen, L. (2016). Property rights for fishing cooperatives: how (and how well) do they work? World Bank Econ Rev, lhw001.

Reddy, S.M., Guannel, G., Griffin, R., Faries, J., Boucher, T., Thompson, M., Brenner, J., Bernhardt, J., Verutes, G., Wood, S.A., Silver, J.A., Toft, J., Rogers, A., Maas, A., Guerry, A., Molnar, J. & DiMuro, J.L. (2016). 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, 12, 328–344.

2015

Kochnower, D., Reddy, S.M.W. & Flick, R.E. (2015). Factors influencing local decisions to use habitats to protect coastal communities from hazards. Ocean & Coastal Management, 116, 277–290.

Leslie, H.M., Basurto, X., Nenadovic, M., Sievanen, L., Cavanaugh, K.C., Cota-Nieto, J.J., Erisman, B.E., Finkbeiner, E., Hinojosa-Arango, G., Moreno-Báez, M., Nagavarapu, S., Reddy, S.M.W., Sánchez-Rodríguez, A., Siegel, K., Ulibarria-Valenzuela, J.J., Weaver, A.H. & Aburto-Oropeza, O. (2015). Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability. PNAS, 112, 5979–5984.

Reddy, S.M.W., McDonald, R.I., Maas, A.S., Rogers, A., Girvetz, E.H., Molnar, J., Finley, T., Leathers, G. & DiMuro, J.L. (2015). Industrialized watersheds have elevated risk and limited opportunities to mitigate risk through water trading. Water Resources and Industry, 11, 27–45.

Reddy, S.M.W., McDonald, R.I., S. Maas, A., Rogers, A., Girvetz, E.H., North, J., Molnar, J., Finley, T., Leathers, G. & L. DiMuro, J. (2015). Finding solutions to water scarcity: incorporating ecosystem service values into business planning at The Dow Chemical Company’s Freeport, TX facility. Ecosystem Services, 12, 94–107.

Wood, C.L., Baum, J.K., Reddy, S.M.W., Trebilco, R., Sandin, S.A., Zgliczynski, B.J., Briggs, A.A. & Micheli, F. (2015). Productivity and fishing pressure drive variability in fish parasite assemblages of the Line Islands, equatorial Pacific. Ecology, 96, 1383–1398.

2014

Reddy, S.M.W., Groves, T. & Nagavarapu, S. (2014). Consequences of a government-controlled agricultural price increase on fishing and the coral reef ecosystem in the Republic of Kiribati. PLOS ONE, 9, e96817. Faculty 1000 Recommended
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2013

Reddy, S.M.W., Wentz, A., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Maxey, M., Nagavarapu, S. & Leslie, H.M. (2013). Evidence of market-driven size-selective fishing and the mediating effects of biological and institutional factors. Ecological Applications, 23, 726–741.

Roy, E.D., Morzillo, A.T., Seijo, F., Reddy, S.M.W., Rhemtulla, J.M., Milder, J.C., Kuemmerle, T. & Martin, S.L. (2013). The elusive pursuit of interdisciplinarity at the human-environment interface. BioScience, 63, 745–753.

2012 

Carilli, J. & Walsh, S. (2012). Benthic foraminiferal assemblages from Kiritimati (Christmas) Island indicate human-mediated nutrification has occurred over the scale of decades. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 456, 87–99.

Walsh, S.M., Hamilton, S.L., Ruttenberg, B.I., Donovan, M.K. & Sandin, S.A. (2012). Fishing top predators indirectly affects condition and reproduction in a reef-fish community. Journal of Fish Biology, 80, 519–537.

2011

Ruttenberg, B.I., Hamilton, S.L., Walsh, S.M., Donovan, M.K., Friedlander, A., DeMartini, E., Sala, E. & Sandin, S.A. (2011). Predator-induced demographic shifts in coral reef fish assemblages. PLOS ONE, 6, e21062.

Walsh, S.M. (2011). Ecosystem-scale effects of nutrients and fishing on coral reefs, ecosystem-scale effects of nutrients and fishing on coral reefs. Journal of Marine Biology, 2011, e187248.

2010

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

Eakin, C.M., Morgan, J.A., et al. (2010). Caribbean corals in crisis: record thermal stress, bleaching, and mortality in 2005. PLOS ONE, 5, e13969.

Sandin, S.A., Walsh, S.M. & Jackson, J.B.C. (2010). Prey release, trophic cascades, and phase shifts in tropical nearshore ecosystems. In: Trophic cascades: predators, prey, and the changing dynamics of nature (eds. Terborgh, J. & Estes, J.A.). Island Press, Washington, D.C., pp. 71–91.

Vermeij, M.J.A., Dailer, M.L., Walsh, S.M., Donovan, M.K. & Smith, C.M. (2010). The effects of trophic interactions and spatial competition on algal community composition on Hawaiian coral reefs. Marine Ecology, 31, 291–299.

Walsh, S.M., Groves, T. & Nagavarapu, S. (2010). Promoting alternative livelihoods for conservation backfires when non-monetary benefits of traditional livelihoods are important(Working Paper No. 10-02). Center for Environmental Economics.

2009 

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

2008 

Sandin, S.A., Smith, J.E., DeMartini, E.E., Dinsdale, E.A., Donner, S.D., Friedlander, A.M., Konotchick, T., Malay, M., Maragos, J.E., Obura, D., Pantos, O., Paulay, G., Richie, M., Rohwer, F., Schroeder, R.E., Walsh, S., Jackson, J.B.C., Knowlton, N. & Sala, E. (2008). Baselines and degradation of coral reefs in the northern Line Islands. PLOS ONE, 3, e1548.

2006 

Carson, R. & Walsh, S.M. (2006). Preventing damage from major oil spills: lessons from the Exxon Valdez. Oceanis, 32, 349–372.

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

Walsh, S.M. & McField, M. (2006). Understanding patterns of bleaching in the mesoamerican reef – a collaborative effort to support resilience-based management. In: A reef manager’s guide to coral bleaching (eds. Marshall, P. & Schuttenberg, H.). Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia. 

Sheila Reddy, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Chief Strategy Office. She helps manage the full portfolio of strategies across The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Sheila also supports the development of individual strategies through behavioral economics research. Previously, Sheila was a Senior Economist and Strategy Advisor for Behavioral Insights.

Over the last 10 years, Sheila has worked to bring economics and behavioral sciences to conservation strategies related to fisheries, poverty, coastal hazards, freshwater scarcity, urban conservation, and agriculture. Highlights include uncovering how behavioral and institutional factors interact with ecological factors to affect the success and failure of coastal policies, helping a Fortune 50 company develop a $1 billion sustainability goal for valuing nature, and running a large experimental trial testing new ways to increase sustainable agricultural practices.

Sheila has 25 scientific publications, including the 2016 Best Paper in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management and a Faculty of 1000 recommendation. In 2014, Sheila was named a National Academy of Sciences New Horizons in Science Fellow. The TNC-Dow Collaboration, of which she was a leading member, received the 2013 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnerships and the 2015 Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

Before joining TNC in 2011, Sheila was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University in Economics and Ecology. She earned her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography through a program with the Department of Economics, University of California-San Diego. She has B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Contact

Matt Miller
Director of Science Communications
Phone: 208-350-2203
E-mail: m_miller[at]tnc[dot]org

Areas of Expertise

  • Economics
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Sustainability

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