Shelley Dearhart

Research Scientist and Sustainable Seafood Program Director

Photo by Jason Chricton Photography

Shelley Dearhart’s experience has encompassed marine mammal, diamondback terrapin, ocean health, and fisheries research and conservation efforts. Every aspect of her career path has related to the importance of healthy fishery practices. She fell in love with sustainable fisheries through the South Carolina Aquarium’s, Good Catch program, which she managed for three years. Shelley earned a B.A. in both Biological Sciences and Psychology from Clemson University and most recently received her M.S. degree from the College of Charleston’s Environmental Studies program.

Moving into her role with the Safina Center, Shelley works to assess global fisheries, direct seafood researchers, serve as the main liaison with the Safina Center’s seafood partner, Whole Foods Market, and stay involved with current sustainability practices and efforts happening worldwide.

Outside of her work, Shelley enjoys time on the beach with her pup, Henry, as well as traveling and spending as much time on the water as possible.