University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Bill Keeton

William Keeton Fellow

PhD, Forest Ecology, University of Washington

MES, Conservation Biology and Policy, Yale

BS, Natural Resources, Cornell University




William Keeton is a forest ecosystem scientist with broad inter-disciplinary interests. These involve developing and applying the best available science to questions of local, regional, and global forest ecosystem sustainability. Research foci include forest carbon dynamics and management, climate change impacts, disturbance-based silviculture, late-successional forest systems, forest-stream interactions, forest biodiversity, and sustainable forest management policy and practice in the U.S. and internationally. He serves on the governing board for UVM's Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, IUCN's Commission on Ecosystem Management, and advisory boards for Science for the Carpathians, the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative, the Vermont Nature Conservancy, and the Belgian Earth Observatory Program. Bill has directed the Vermont Forest Ecosystem Management Demonstration Project, a study testing ecologically based silvicultural systems, since 2001. Dr. Keeton recently served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine and continues to work actively on sustainable forest management in the Carpathian Mountain region of eastern Europe. He is currently on sabbatical as a guest professor at the Austrian University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Publications include over 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, co-edited books, and book-chapters.

AT UVM: William Keeton is a Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry in the Rubenstein School and is Chair of the Forestry Program. He leads a group of graduate students, post-docs, and visiting scholars called the Carbon Dynamics Laboratory.


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Bill researches the role of forests in climate change mitigation, as well as sustainable forest management, restoration, and conservation.

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