Benson C Sherrouse

Biography

Ben received B.S. degrees with honors in Finance (1995) from the University of Colorado and Land Use (2004) from the Metrpolitan State University of Denver. He recieved his M.Eng. in Geographic Information Systems (2008) from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to his career at the U.S. Geological Survey, he worked in both the financial and telecommunication industries. He joined the Rocky Mountain Mapping Center as a student intern in 2003. He continued his service as a Volunteer for Science, student employee, and permanent employee at the Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center and currently the Geosciences and Envrionmental Change Science Center. His current research is focused on examining the relationship between human perceptions of non-monetary, environmental values and the characteristics of the environment that can help to explain these perceived values. As part of this research he designed and developed the Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES) GIS application to assess, map, and quantify the social values of cultural ecosystem services, which has been applied across the globe in a variety of biophysical and social contexts.