Kenneth J Bagstad, Ph.D.


Ken Bagstad is a Research Economist working with the USGS’ Geosciences & Environmental Change Science Center in Denver. He uses GIS and modeling to quantify, map, and value ecosystem service flows across the United States and internationally. Ken is co-leading work to construct natural capital accounts in the United States at national and regional scales. He is also interested in the integration of biophysically models of ecosystem services, primarily using the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) tool with cultural ecosystem services obtained using the Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES) tool in support of resource management for federal government agencies. Ken has led the development of data and models for the ARIES project, which has developed web-accessible and stand-alone software tools to assess ecosystem services for environmental decision-making.

From 2015-2016 Ken was seconded to the World Bank's Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Program as a Senior Environmental Specialist. He coordinated the development of ecosystem accounts and their application to national economic accounts in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Rwanda, and assisted with their development elsewhere. For the last several years he has co-taught an ecosystem services modeling course in Spain, and in 2015 he worked in Japan as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science research fellow.

Ken received his Ph.D. (Natural Resources, certificate in ecological economics) from the University of Vermont, studying ecosystem services mapping and valuation, measures of economic progress, and the effects of taxes and subsidies on coastal development. For his M.S. research at from Arizona State University (Plant Biology, concentration in ecology), he studied the effects of water management on riverine plant communities of the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona. Ken holds a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University (Botany and Environmental Studies).


Other Publications (see tab below for main list)

Loomis, J., M. Haefele, J. Dubovski, A.M. Lien, W.E. Thogmartin, J. Diffendorfer, D. Humburg, B.J. Mattsson, K.J. Bagstad, D.J. Semmens, L. López -Hoffman, and R. Merideth. 2018. Do economic values and expenditures for viewing waterfowl in the U.S. differ among species? Human Dimensions of Wildlife 23(6):587-596.

Olander, L., K.J. Bagstad, G. Characklis, P. Comer, M. Effron, J. Gunn, T. Holmes, R. Johnston, J. Kagan, W. Lehman, E. Lonsdorf, J. Loomis, T. McPhearson, A. Neale, L. Patterson, L. Richardson, T. Ricketts, M. Ross, D. Saah, S. Sifleet, K. Stockmann, D. Urban, L. Wainger, R. Winthrop, and D. Yoskowitz. 2017. Data and modeling infrastructure for national integration of ecosystem services into decision making: expert summaries. National Ecosystem Services Partnership Working Paper 16-02. Nicholas School of the Environment: Durham, NC.

Batker, D., I. de la Torre, R. Costanza, J.W. Day, P. Swedeen, R. Boumans, and K.J. Bagstad. 2014. The threats to the value of ecosystem goods and services of the Mississippi Delta. Pp. 155-173 in: Perspectives on the restoration of the Mississippi Delta: The once and future delta. J. Day, G.P. Kemp, A. Freeman, and D.P. Muth, eds. Springer: New York.

Diffendorfer, J.E., J.B. Loomis, L. Ries, K. Oberhauser, L. López-Hoffman, D. Semmens, B. Semmens, B. Butterfield, K.J. Bagstad, J. Goldstein, R. Wiederholt, B. Mattsson, and W.E. Thogmartin. 2014. National valuation of monarch butterflies indicates an untapped potential for incentive-based conservation. Conservation Letters 7(3):253-262.

Bagstad, K.J., D.J. Semmens, and C. van Riper, III. 2012. Ecosystem services science and policy in arid and semiarid environments: Opportunities and challenges for the Colorado Plateau. Pp. 61-79 in: The Colorado Plateau V: Research, environmental planning, and management for effective conservation. C. van Riper, III, M.L. Villarreal, C.J. van Riper, and M.J. Johnson, eds. University of Arizona Press: Tucson.