Gund Affiliate, USGS

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.

Ken 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.


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecosystem services, natural capital accounting, artificial intelligence, semantic web


  • PhD, Natural Resources, University of Vermont
  • MS, Plant Biology, Arizona State University
  • BA, Botany and Environmental Studies, Ohio Wesleyan University


  1. USGS