Human and Environmental Well-being in Alaska's Kachemak Bay Watershed: An Ecosystem Services Assessment

Webinar Brief Resource
July 2019

The Kachemak Bay watershed, located on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, encompasses several terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that provide a range of benefits and services that are not easily quantified. This webinar highlighted methods and findings from a Master’s project - advised by Dr. Julia Wondolleck and for which the client was Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) - that provides insights about ecosystem services valued in Kachemak Bay using a socio-cultural, place-based, ecosystem services framework. In addition to hearing from the students, their partners at KBNERR shared how they hope to apply their findings, and offered ideas for others interested in working with a student team in the future.

Master's projects are interdisciplinary capstone experiences that enable University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) master's students to develop solutions to pressing problems faced by real-world clients.

These slides summarize a webinar given by Ellie Flaherty, Kate Kirkpatrick, Trey Snow, and Syverine Bentz on May 23, 2019, summarizing results from an ecosystem service assessment performed as part of a SEAS Master's project.