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Ken Bagstad

GECSC would like to officially welcome Research Economist Ken Bagstad as our newest permanent employee. Ken has been with USGS for three years—first with the USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program in the Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center, and for the last year and a half as a research economist with GECSC. His PhD work in economics at the University of Vermont followed undergraduate and masters degrees in botany and ecology at Ohio Wesleyan University and Arizona State University, respectively. Ken has worked on a variety of ecosystem services modeling, mapping, and valuation studies in recent years with land management agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. In his free time you can find him in the mountains snowboarding or hiking 14ers, seasonally dependent, and gardening.

Ken says, "I'm excited to join GECSC on a permanent basis and look forward to contributing as a USGS researcher in the years to come."

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Our world is being transformed due to climate variability, population growth, intensive land use, and the increasing demands on water, ecological, agricultural, energy, and mineral resources. To address these issues, the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC) conducts research on (1) climatic, environmental, and landscape changes, (2) the geologic framework of natural resources and hazards, (3) ecological disturbance patterns resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes, and (4) the interactions among geologic, biologic, hydrologic, and human systems. This work supports policy and management decisions, the search for new sources of key materials, and the assessment of the combined environmental impacts of climate variability and human activities.

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