Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute &
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography

Spring 2015 Seminar Series


Andrew Scheld
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Monday, March 2, 2015
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Resarch Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


Climate change and continued fishing pressure threaten to increase recruitment variability for many stocks globally. Shifts in the inter-annual stability of an exploitable renewable resource may have dramatic consequences for the industries and communities which depend upon them. In this talk, the link between resource volatility and industry structure is explored using two models. First, an agent-based simulation model is presented to illustrate the effects of increasing resource variation on the number of participants in an extractive industry. Model output depicts a casual relationship between resource stability and industry structure, showing few industry participants when the resource is highly variable. Several other structural components of the model are additionally explored and suggest policy prescriptions that may mitigate environmentally driven industry effects. A second model is also presented which empirically investigates the relationship between resource volatility and industry consolidation. Here we apply tools from portfolio theory to global fisheries production and employment data, finding countries which exhibit higher portfolio volatility in production across different species groups tend to employ fewer people in their fishing industries. Both models suggest a strong link between environmental stability and the structure of resource dependent industries, indicating a need for proactive policies to address anticipated effects of climate change.


Dr. Scheld is an assistant professor of marine science in the Department of Fisheries Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington, an M.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts. His research interests lie at the intersection of human and marine systems, focusing on fisheries management and policy in explorations of decision-making, technology, and market structure.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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