Bonnie L. Keeler
325 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
Institute on the Environment
University of Minnesota
Bonnie Keeler is a Lead Scientist for the Natural Capital Project where she leads the Minnesota-based NatCap team. Bonnie’s research is on the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, which are the goods and services provided by natural systems that enhance human well-being. She uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatially-explicit models to evaluate how different policies, actions, or decisions affect the provision of ecosystem services. She then couples these ecological models with tools from economics to estimate the value of changes in ecosystem services.
For her dissertation research Bonnie developed a framework for valuing water quality-related services through integrated biophysical and economic models. She then applied this framework to case studies in land-use change and associated costs to groundwater contamination and the recreational value of lakes. Bonnie has also contributed to projects assessing the environmental and economic consequences of bioenergy production in the U.S in collaboration with the Hill Lab. With the Natural Capital Project, she is applying ecosystem services approaches to improve water management, quantify the externalities associated with land-use change, and support decision-making in urban and agricultural ecosystems.
Before starting her Ph.D. program, Bonnie was a visiting instructor at Hamline University, a research assistant at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a research associate at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. She has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota (2013), a M.S. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota (2007), and a B.A. in Biology from the Colorado College (2001).