Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series: Rachelle Gould
Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 4-5 p.m. (coffee and cookies at 3:50 p.m.)
Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 225
Rachelle Gould presents “Cultural Ecosystem Services: How do you measure that (especially when “that” may be dynamic)?”
Cultural ecosystem services (and more generally, socio-cultural values related to ecosystems) are increasingly recognized as a critical component of conservation assessment and practice. This class of services is, however, notoriously thorny and difficult to characterize. Researchers continue to innovate ways to characterize these difficult-to-measure phenomena; the first half of this talk will summarize those current efforts and potential next steps. The second half of the talk will focus on a potential complication with CES that is seldom discussed in the ecosystem services field: that many cultural ecosystem services are dynamic (i.e., that peoples’ perceptions of them develop and change). I will suggest that changes in, and development of, Cultural Ecosystem Services depend on personal experiences, exposure, and the learning often intertwined with those life experiences. I will present results of a literature review investigating how published outcomes of environmental education intersect and interact with Cultural Ecosystem Services.