C5: Translational Science, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Law and Governance

A significant amount of science falls into the category of “data rich, but information poor,” with science produced without sufficient consideration of the use or decision context and without processes in place to translate information for specific environmental decision-making, or adaptive governance and management decisions. This session, "Translational Science, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Law and Governance," will utilize an ecosystem services context to examine the issue of transfer of data into useful/useable knowledge (through translational science frameworks), and explore serving up effective ecosystem services science from both a policy (e.g., environmental governance and environmental law) and resource management (via several case studies) perspective. This session is targeted to several primary audiences, including decision-makers and a range of scientists (e.g., environmental scientists, social scientists, decision scientists, ecosystem-based management implementation scientists, etc.) looking to present their important science in impactful ways to inform environmental decision-making as well as environmental decision-making practitioners wanting to learn more about environmental law, governance, and ecosystem services.


  • Matthew Harwell, Senior Ecologist and Special Assistant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Gulf Ecology Division
  • Emily Eisenhauer, Social Scientist, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  • Kathleen Williams, Social Scientist, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  • Donna Harwell, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law, Palm Beach State College
  • Garth Connor, Region 3, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Elisabeth Freed, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
  • Jewel Tomasula, Graduate Student, Georgetown University