Professor

Forest Ecology and Forestry

As a forest ecosystem scientist I am interested in developing and applying the best available science to questions of local, regional, and global environmental and forest ecosystem sustainability. My specific research foci include 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. I teach courses in advanced silviculture, forest ecosystem dynamics, restoration ecology, ecosystem management, and sustainable forest management.

Publications

Book and Book Chapters

  • Barton, A. and W.S. Keeton (eds.).  2018. Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-growth Forests. Island Press, Washington, D.C.  340 pp.
  • Keeton, W.S. 2018. Source or sink? Carbon dynamics in old-growth forests and their role in climate change mitigation. Chapter 14 in: Barton, A. and W.S. Keeton (eds.).  Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-growth Forests. Island Press, Washington, D.C.  340 pp.
  • Keeton, W.S., C. Lorimer, B. Palik, and F. Doyon. 2018. Silviculture for old-growth in the context of global change.  Chapter 13 in: Barton, A. and W.S. Keeton (eds.).  Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-growth Forests. Island Press, Washington, D.C.  340 pp.

Journal Articles

  • Sabatini, F.M., S. Burrascano, W.S. Keeton, and 32 co-authors. 2018. Where are Europe’s last primary forests? Diversity and Distributions 24: 1426-1439.
  • Meigs, G.W. and W.S. Keeton. 2018. Intermediate-severity wind disturbance in mature temperate forests: effects on legacy structure, carbon storage, and stand dynamics. Ecological Applications 28: 798-815.
  • Gratzer, G. and W.S. Keeton. 2017. Mountain forests and sustainable development: the potential for achieving the United Nations' 2030 agenda.  Mountain Research and Development 37:246-253.
  • Urbano, A.R. and W.S. Keeton.  2017. Forest structural development, carbon dynamics, and co-varying habitat characteristics as influenced by land-use history and reforestation approach. Forest Ecology and Management. 392: 21–35.
  • Ford, S.E. and W.S. Keeton. 2017. Enhanced carbon storage through management for old-growth characteristics in northern hardwoods.  Ecosphere 8:1-20.
  • Keeton, W.S., E. M. Copeland, and M.C. Watzin. 2017. Towards flood resilience: exploring linkages between riparian forest structure and geomorphic condition in northeastern U.S. streams.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 47: 476–487.
Bill Keeton

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Environmental Sciences, Forestry
Research: Forest ecology and dynamics; climate, forest carbon & energy; sustainable forestry

Education

  • Ph.D. Forest Ecology, University of Washington, 2000
  • M.E.S. Conservation Biology and Policy, Yale University, 1994
  • B.S. Natural Resources. Cornell University, 1990

Contact

Phone:
  • 802 656-2518
Office Location:

308B Aiken Center

Courses Taught

  • NR 205 Ecosystem Management
  • FOR 385 Forest Ecosystem Dynamics
  • ENSC 201 Restoration Ecology
  • FOR 272 Sustainable Forest Management
  • NR 373 Graduate Travel Course: Fire ecology, restoration, and biomass energy in New Mexico
  • FOR 285 Sustainable Forest Certification
  • CDAE 295 Ecological Economics and Sustainable Forest Management in the Ukrainian Carpathians