Integrating project knowledge and models: The next step in developing a Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme for the Big Creek watershed [E2013-08]

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The investigators will further the development of a pilot Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) framework. Focusing on central Iowa, they will integrate data and knowledge from prior research in the Big Creek watershed in preparation for using an ecosystem services model called InVEST. Widely used outside of Iowa, this model is popular for its capacity to link providers (farmers, landowners) with beneficiaries (the public) by estimating the dollar value of multiple  ecosystem services.

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Lisa A. Schulte
Lead Investigator Bio: 

Lisa Schulte-Moore is an associate professor in ISU's Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. She has in-depth training in landscape ecology, particularly as applied to forest and avian ecology. She moved to Iowa in 2003 and has expanded her research interests into agroecology and the socioeconomic facets of sustainable land management. She is a fellow in the Leopold Leadership Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. 


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John Tyndall and Tom Isenhart, ISU Natural Resource Ecology and Management
J. Gordon Arbuckle, ISU Sociology
Kristie Franz, ISU Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Emily Heaton and Matt Liebman, ISU Agronomy
Matt Helmers, ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering