Andrew Scheld

Associate Professor

Email: [[scheld]]
Office: Andrews Hall 442
Phone: (804) 684-7160
Department: Fisheries Science
Interests: Fisheries economics and policy


B.S., Resource Economics (summa cum laude), University of Massachusetts, Amherst

M.S., Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island

Ph.D., School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

I use economic theory and quantitative modeling approaches to study questions related to human use and management in fisheries and aquaculture. I am actively engaged in a variety of research projects, ranging from sustainable expansion of the commercial fishery for invasive blue catfish in Virginia, to improving reporting compliance among recreational Atlantic bluefin tuna anglers, to assessing the impacts of offshore wind energy development on commercial shellfish industries in the US Atlantic. I am interested in changing human uses, impacts, and management objectives in marine ecosystems, how uncertainty and risk influence decision-making and economic behavior, and development and application of integrated modeling tools to advance sustainability of coastal communities. I engage in state and regional fisheries management through participation on the Committee on Economics and Social Sciences of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Research & Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

DelBene, J.A., A.M. Scheld, and D.M. Bilkovic. 2021. Preferences for derelict gear mitigation strategies by commercial fishers. Marine Policy. 132. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104662.

Scheld, A.M., D.M. Bilkovic, and K.J. Havens. 2021. Evaluating optimal removal of derelict blue crab pots in Virginia, US. Ocean & Coastal Management, 211. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2021.105735.

Beckensteiner, J., A.M. Scheld, P. St-Laurent, M.A. Friedrichs, and D.M. Kaplan. 2021. Environmentally-determined production frontiers and lease utilization in Virginia's eastern oyster aquaculture industry. Aquaculture, 542. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2021.736883.

Goelz, T., A.M. Scheld, T. Hartley, and I. Carboni. 2020. Understanding Structural Factors and Actor Attributes That Impact the Development of Cohesion within a Participatory Modeling Process. Coastal Management, 48(6). doi: 10.1080/08920753.2020.1823669.

Thanassekos, S. and A.M. Scheld. 2020. Simulating the effects of environmental and market variability on fishing industry structure. Ecological Economics. 174. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106687.

Beckensteiner, J., D.M. Kaplan, and A.M. Scheld. 2020. Barriers to eastern oyster aquaculture expansion in Virginia. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7(53). doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00053.

Goldsmith, W.M., A.M. Scheld, and J.E. Graves. 2020. Decision-making in a mixed commercial-recreational fishery for Atlantic bluefin tuna.  Marine Policy. 115. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.103848.

Scheld, A.M., W.M. Goldsmith, S. White, H.J. Small, S. Musick. 2020. Quantifying the behavioral and economic effects of regulatory change in a recreational cobia fishery. Fisheries Research. 224. doi: 10.1016/j.fishres.2019.105469.

Beckensteiner, J., A.M. Scheld, M. Fernández, and D.M. Kaplan. 2019. Drivers and trends in catch of benthic resources in Chilean TURFs and surrounding open access areas. Ocean & Coastal Management. 183. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.104961

DelBene, J.A., D.M. Bilkovic, and A.M. Scheld. 2019. Examining derelict pot impacts on harvest in a commercial blue crab Callinectes sapidus fishery. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 139: 150-156. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.014

Scheld, A.M. and J. Walden. 2018. An Analysis of Fishing Selectivity for Northeast US Multispecies Bottom Trawlers. Marine Resource Economics. 33(4): 331-350. doi: 10.1086/699712

Goldsmith, W.M., A.M. Scheld, and J.E. Graves. 2018. Characterizing the Preferences and Values of US Recreational Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Anglers. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 38(3): 680-697. doi: 10.1002/nafm.10064

Goldsmith, W.M., A.M. Scheld, and J.E. Graves. 2017. Performance of a low-cost, solar-powered pop-up satellite archival tag for assessing post-release mortality of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) caught in the U.S. east coast light-tackle recreational fishery. Animal Biotelemetry. 5:29. doi: 10.1186/s40317-017-0144-9

Nomura, K.J., D.M. Kaplan, J. Beckensteiner, and A.M. Scheld. 2017. Comparative analysis of factors influencing spatial distributions of marine protected areas and territorial use rights for fisheries in Japan. Marine Policy. 82:59-67. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.05.005

Scheld, A. M., and C. M. Anderson. 2017. Selective Fishing and Shifting Production in Multispecies Fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 74:388-395. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0494

Scheld, A.M., D.M. Bilkovic, and K.J. Havens. 2016. The dilemma of derelict gear. Nature Scientific Reports. 6, 19671. doi: 10.1038/srep19671

Scheld, A.M. and C.M. Anderson. 2014. Market effects of catch share management: the case of New England multispecies groundfish. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil 71: 1835-1845. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsu001

Scheld, A.M., C.M. Anderson, and H. Uchida. 2012. The economic effects of catch share management: the Rhode Island fluke sector pilot program. Marine Resource Economics 27(3): 203-228. doi: 10.5950/0738-1360-27.3.203 

Non Peer-reviewed Publications

Jeffrey, C.F.G., K.J. Havens, H.W. Slacum Jr., D.M. Bilkovic, D. Zaveta, A.M. Scheld, S. Willard, and J.D. Evans. 2016. Assessing Ecological and Economic Effects of Derelict Fishing Gear: a Guiding Framework. Prepared for Marine Debris Program, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. doi: 10.21220/V50W23

Bilkovic D.M., H.W. Slacum, Jr., K.J. Havens, D. Zaveta, C.F.G. Jeffrey, A.M. Scheld, D. Stanhope, K. Angstadt, and J.D. Evans. 2016. Ecological and Economic Effects of Derelict Fishing Gear in the Chesapeake Bay 2015/2016 Final Assessment Report. Prepared for Marine Debris Program, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. doi: 10.21220/V54K5C

  • Faculty Merit Award, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (2014)
  • Honorable Mention for Outstanding Article, Marine Resource Economics (2012)
Information for prospective students

If you are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to marine resource management and conservation, have a strong quantitative or mathematical background, and enjoy working on relevant and complex policy problems, [[v|scheld,send me an email]] and include a current CV.