Sheila Walsh Reddy

Sheila_WalshSheila Walsh Reddy is senior scientist with the Sustainability Science unit at The Nature Conservancy. Sheila's research focuses on how ecosystems and economies are interrelated and how to improve environmental decision making. The results of Sheila's research supports the Conservancy's mission by helping to identify and test conservation strategies that benefit both people and nature. Currently, Sheila is developing methods to incorporate the value of nature into business decision making through a collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company and Foundation. Sheila is also investigating how to align marine management institutions, from local fishing cooperatives to national policies, with key ecological and economic factors in Mexico. Sheila has previously conducted research on marine ecology, conservation and economic development issues in Kiribati, Mexico, Belize, and the USA. In addition to publishing in scientific journals, Sheila's research has been featured on media outlets, such as NPR and, and has helped inform governments, NGOs, and local stakeholders. In 2009, Sheila received her Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in partnership with the Department of Economics, University of California-San Diego.

Sheila's Posts

Science Journey to Loreto, Mexico: Sustainable Fishing, Part 3

January 2nd, 2013

Storm's a coming! Scientist Sheila Walsh encounters heavy rain, wind & clouds while doing research in the Gulf of California. Can healthy ecosystems help fisheries be more resilient to strong climate events? More

Science Journey to Loreto, Mexico: Sustainable Fishing, Part 2

December 17th, 2012

Overfishing is a huge problem around the globe, but there are solutions. Scientist Sheila Walsh explores one method that seems to be working in the Gulf of California: local ownership of marine resources. More

Science Journey to Loreto, Mexico: Sustainable Fishing, Part 1

December 11th, 2012

Scientist Sheila Walsh explores how marine species are doing in and around protected areas of the Gulf of California—and how local fishing practices might hold the answer to healthier ecosystems. More

Fat Fish, Sick Fishery?

March 5th, 2012

Are fat fish a sign of golden times on the reef? Not likely, according to a new Conservancy study that finds fat fish are indicators of a fishery out of balance. More

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