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Kenneth J. Bagstad, Ph.D.

Ken Bagstad is a Research Economist working with the USGS’ Geosciences and 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 co-leads work to develop natural capital accounts in the United States at national and regional scales and use this information to support resource management for federal government agencies. Ken has also co-led the development of content for the Artificial Intelligence for Environment & Sustainability (ARIES) project, which has developed software tools to deliver more timely and accurate information for environmental decision making. Through his work on ARIES, Ken has a long-standing interest in the use of artificial intelligence, particularly semantics and machine reasoning, to make scientific data and models interoperable and reusable by both people and computers. 

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).



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