Gund Fellow, Professor, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

William Keeton is a forest ecosystem scientist with broad interdisciplinary interests. These involve developing and applying the best available science to questions of local, regional, and global forest ecosystem sustainability.

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Research and/or Creative Works

Forest carbon management, climate change impacts on forest ecosystems, ecologically-based silvicultural systems, structure and function of old-growth and riparian forests, natural disturbance ecology, restoration ecology, forest biodiversity, and sustainable forest management policy and practice in the U.S. and internationally.



Associations and Affiliations

  • Chair of the UVM Forestry Program
  • Director, UVM Carbon Dynamics Lab
  • Co-Director, Forest and Wildlife Science Graduate Program
  • Director, VMC Forest Ecosystem Management Demonstration Project
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Governance Committee, Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security
  • Member, IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Ecosystem Management
  • Landscape Ecology Working Group member, International Union of Forest Research Organizations
  • Science Advisory Board member, The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Chapter
  • Chair, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Working Group on Old-growth Forests and Reserves
  • Professional member, The Forest Guild
  • Member, Ecological Society of America

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

The role of forests in climate change mitigation; sustainable forest management, restoration, and conservation; forest carbon management; climate change impacts on forest ecosystems; sustainable forest management policy and practice


  • PhD, Forest Ecology, University of Washington
  • MES, Conservation Biology and Policy, Yale University
  • BS, Natural Resources, Cornell University


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