The ecoSERVICES group studies the causes and consequences of change in ecosystem services – the benefits that people derive from the biophysical environment. We analyze biodiversity change in terms of its impacts on the things that people care about.
Ecosystem services can range from provisioning (foods, fuels, fibers, genetic materials, chemical compounds) or cultural services (aesthetic, spiritual, moral, recreational, educational, scientific uses) to regulating services (water quality regulation, soil erosion reduction, storm damage protection).
Our group provides research training in biodiversity and ecosystem services with a wide range of ASU partners. We also support the 4 E program: Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment, a track within the Biology and Society concentration of the MS and PhD degrees in the School of Life Sciences.