Bonnie Keeler

Portrait: Bonnie Keeler
Bonnie Keeler
Lead Scientist
Keeler CV

Dr. Bonnie Keeler is Lead Scientist for the Natural Capital Project – a collaborative partnership between the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. At the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Bonnie and her team apply ecosystem services approaches to address problems in agriculture, forest landscape restoration, and urban sustainability. Bonnie earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources and her M.S. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota. In her work with the Natural Capital Project, Bonnie applies ecosystem services approaches to improve water management, to quantify the externalities associated with land-use change, and to support conservation and restoration in Minnesota and globally.

Selected publications

Keeler, B., S. Wood, S. Polasky, C. Kling, C. Filstrup, J. Downing. 2015. Recreational demand for clean water: Evidence from geotagged photographs by visitors to lakes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10.1890/140124.

Keeler, B. and S. Polasky. 2014. Land-use change and costs to rural households: A case study in groundwater nitrate contamination. Environmental Research Letters. 9: 074002.

Guswa, A.J., K. Brauman, C. Brown, P. Hamel, B. Keeler, S. Stratton Sayre. 2014. Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities for Hydrologic Modeling to Support Decision Making. Water Resources Research. 50: 4535–4544.

Keeler, B., S. Polasky, K. Brauman, K. Johnson, J. Finlay, A. O’Neill, K. Kovacs, B. Dalzell. 2012. Linking water quality and human well-being for improved assessment and valuation of ecosystem services. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.1215991109.

Polasky, S., S. Carpenter, C. Folke, and B. Keeler. 2011. Decision-making under great uncertainty: environmental management in an era of global change. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 26: 398-404.

Current projects

“Mental Health Benefits of Nature Experience: Translating Science to Urban Design” B. Keeler (PI), Kristen Nelson (Co-PI), Lacy Shelby (Co-PI). Sponsor: Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota. 7/1/2015 to 7/1/2016.

“Informed water management: Mapping scarcity, threats, and values”. B. Keeler (PI), K. Brauman (Co-PI) and T. Twine (Co-PI). Sponsor: Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. 7/2015 to 6/2017.

Data-Intensive Analysis & Modeling for Socio-Environmental Synthesis pursuit. B. Keeler (Co-PI) and Spencer Wood (Co-PI). Sponsor: National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center [SESYNC] 6/2015 to 6/2017.

“Value-added conservation: Optimizing landscapes for ecosystem services” B. Keeler (PI). Sponsor: US Fish and Wildlife Service. 7/2014 to 7/2015.

“Sustainable Cities: Building an integrated research network to incorporate natural capital into design of urban systems”. B. Keeler (Co-PI), S. Polasky (Co-PI) and S. Hobbie (Co-PI). Sponsor: Institute on the Environment Project Grant. 6/2014 to 9/2015.

“Optimizing investments in forest restoration to promote ecosystem services and human well-being”. B. Keeler (PI). Sponsor: International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 7/2014 to 9/2015.

“Conservation Easement Assessment and Valuation System”. M. Kilgore (PI), B. Keeler (C0-PI), S. Taff (Co-PI) and S. Polasky (Co-PI). Sponsor: Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. 7/2015 to 12/2017.