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Andrew M. Scheld

Assistant 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, 2008

M.S., Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island, 2011

Ph.D., School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 2014

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

My research uses economic theory and quantitative modeling approaches to study questions related to the use and management of living marine resources. Current areas of active research include: understanding decision-making, preferences, and behavioral responses of recreational anglers; quantifying technical interactions, bycatch, and the costs associated with non-selective harvest in multispecies fisheries; assessing fishing fleet structure and industrial organization in response to changing resource conditions and variability; and estimating the economic costs resulting from derelict fishing gear and marine debris.

Research & Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

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.