Heejun Chang, Professor of Geography and Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
Chang, the SESAME PI, is a geographer and a watershed hydrologist. He is currently investigating hydrologic ecosystem services shifts resulting from dam removal in the Pacific Northwest. Chang’s long-term goal is to improve the understanding of how hydrological processes are affected by climate change, land development, and management at multiple scales using modern geospatial technology. He will administer the entire project as well as lead the effort on hydroclimate modeling and spatial analysis. A more detailed profile of Chang is available here.
David Ervin, Professor of Environmental Science and Management, Professor of Economics, and Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
Ervin, the Co-PI at PSU, is an environmental economist whose research focuses on the economics of sustainability, including ecosystem service valuation. He has extensive experience researching the environmental services and disservices provided by agricultural and related forestry systems. His work has focused on the spatial targeting of management programs to foster cost-effective environmental improvements.
John Lambrinos, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Oregon State University
Lambrinos is a plant ecologist with extensive experience investigating how spatial processes influence plant population and community dynamics. His current work focuses on how spatial processes influence the provisioning of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. Lambrinos will oversee integration and operationalization of the models and outreach to the agricultural community.
Gretchen Daily, Bing Professor of Environmental Science in the Biology Department and Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Biology; Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment; and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology. She is also Co-Director of The Natural Capital Project, a partnership among Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and the University of Minnesota, whose goal is to align economic forces with conservation.
Bobby Cochran, Executive Director of the Willamette Partnership
Cochran specializes in developing collaborative policy tools and approaches at the intersection of economics, technology, and the environment. Under his leadership, the Willamette Partnership has developed the Ecosystem Credit Accounting System, which is a package of protocols, tools, and resources that allow buyers and sellers to trade in multiple types of ecosystem credits.
Erik Nelson, Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College
Nelson is working with the Natural Capital Project to develop a set of tools for mapping and modeling environmental service values across the landscape. He is particularly interested in determining how sensitive valuation calculations are to choice of mapping scale, availability of data, and model parameter uncertainty
Manu Sharma, Water Resources Analyst, Natural Capital Project
Sharma tests and develops water models for the Natural Capital Project. He has four years of hydrologic modeling experience with a focus on climate change impacts on the hydrologic condition of watersheds.
Graduate Research Assistants
Terrance Anthony, PhD Candidate, Environmental Science and Resources, PSU
Kenneth Lyons, Master’s Candidate, Environmental Management, PSU
Wes Hoyer, Master’s Candidate, Geography, PSU
Mike Psaris, Master’s Candidate, Geography, PSU
Madeline Steele, Master’s Candidate, Geography, PSU