ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services

Welcome to the Virtual Roundtable Site

We are pleased to provide ACES as a forum that brings together international scientists, practitioners, managers, and policy-makers from government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector who are interested in natural systems and their relationship with human well-being.


Click on each day of the detailed agenda to view the presentation lineup.

Click on "Watch Live Session Recording" to watch the live session Zoom and attendee discussions. Click "Watch Recording" to watch the pre-recorded presentations by individual speakers. Please note that the Live Session Recording also includes the pre-recorded presentations.

Session 1: Panel on Pathways for Advancing Adoption and Implementation of Ecosystem Services


Session Leader:

Carl Shapiro, Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey

Welcome/Opening Remarks

Emily Pindilli, Director, Science and Decisions Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

Shonté Jenkins, Science Information Specialist, Science & Decisions Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA


Ken Bagstad, Research Economist, U.S. Geological Survey

Eli Fenichel, Assistant Director for Natural Resource Economics & Accounting, Office of Science & Technology Policy

Carter Ingram, Executive Director, Pollinator Group

Alessandra La Notte, Researcher, European Commission - Joint Research Centre

J.B. Ruhl, Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Environmental Law, Vanderbilt University

Ione Taylor, Earth and Energy Resources Leadership, Queens University

Pollinator Buzz – At Home Pollinator Speakeasy & Social


Session Leader:

Christopher Hartley, Office of Environmental Markets, USDA, Washington, DC

Dive into the hive with us for a discussion on the intersection of pollinators, conservation, communication and climate change. There will be supporting presentations on recent pollinator research activities and pollinator investment priorities.


Jessica Fox, Senior Technical Executive, EPRI - Environment, Palo Alto, CA

Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Research Leader, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, Tucson, AZ

Jonathan B. Koch, Research Entomologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service, Pollinating Insects – Biology, Management, & Systematics Research, Logan, UT

Laura Lukens, National Monitoring Coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture, St. Paul, MN

Session 2: The Intersection of Climate Change & Ecosystem Services: Discerning Next Steps – Where do we go from here?


Session Leaders:

Janet Cushing, Deputy Chief, National Climate Adaptation Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

Katie Warnell, Policy Associate, Ecosystem Services Program, Duke University

Session Panelists:

Ryan Boyles, Deputy Director, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC), USGS

Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Co-founder & Executive Director, Spring: Innovation for Nature, Oakland, CA

Robert B. McKane, Research Ecologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ellen Herbert, Ecosystem Services Scientist, Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, National Headquarters, Memphis, TN

Sarah Weiskopf, Biolgist, National Climate Adaptation Science Center, USGS

Session 3: The Lightning Round – Cultural Ecosystem Services


8-minute presentations (Q&A will happen after final presentation)

Session Leaders:

Kristin Hoelting, Ph.D. Candidate, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Rachelle Gould, Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Global Equity, Environmental Program, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Welcome & Panelist Introduction

"Incorporating Cultural Benefits in Decision-Making: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis"

Kristin Hoelting, Ph.D. Candidate, Colorado State University Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

"Indigenous Seeings and Tellings of Human-Nature Being-With"

Doreen E. Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Colorado State University

"Adaptive Management and Cultural Ecosystem Services"

Lucas Bair, USGS, SW Biological Science Center, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

"Integrating Cultural Ecosystem Services Valuation in Puget Sound Restoration Monitoring"

Kelly Biedenweg, Associate Professor of Human Dimensions, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, Oregon State University

"Recent Developments in Cultural Ecosystem Services as Routes to Greater Equity and Justice in Ecosystem Services Research and Practice"

Rachelle Gould, Assistant Professor, The University of Vermont

"A Public Engagement Approach to Understand Human-nature Relationships"

Chris Armatas, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service

"Customary Management as a Pathway for More Equitable Integration of Cultural Benefits"

Charles M. Kaʻaiʻai, Community and Indigenous Program Coordinator, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (Retired)

Q&A with Panel Discussion

Session 4: The Implementation Pathway Discussion


Session Leaders:

Emily Pindilli, Director, Science and Decisions Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

Shonté Jenkins, Science Information Specialist, Science & Decisions Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Northeast Region, Reston, VA

Welcome Remarks and Recap of Session Highlights by Session Leaders

Keynote Presentation

Mac Stone, Conservation Photographer and National Geographic Explorer

Closing Remarks

Host Organizers

Thank you for making this roundtable possible.