Bonnie Keeler

Assistant Professor
science and technology; water policy; energy and environment; environmental planning; cost-benefit analysis

Bonnie Keeler, PhD, is assistant professor in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) area. Keeler joined the Humphrey School after serving as the director and lead scientist for the Natural Capital Project, a collaborative partnership among the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund.

At the Humphrey School, Keeler's team partners with state and federal agencies, environmental and community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to co-develop solutions to environmental management and policy challenges. Keeler is also the co-director of the CREATE Initiative, a Grand Challenges research project and graduate fellowship program that aims to resource community-engaged scholarship at the intersection of water and equity.

Keeler's background is in sustainability science and environmental economics, particularly around the valuation of clean water. Current projects include estimating the return on investment in public environmental funding in Minnesota, evaluating the costs and benefits of urban green infrastructure deployment in cities in the United States and globally, and investigating the cultural, social, and relational values of fresh water. Keeler is particularly interested in projects and collaborations that integrate the humanities and the social sciences in ways that elevate environmental justice and equity considerations in ecosystem services research.


In The Media

Assistant Professor Bonnie Keeler is interviewed for this story on protecting the water quality in the Mississippi River headwaters by preserving forest land. 

MPR News
December 3, 2018

Assistant Professor Bonnie Keeler is quoted in this story on a how natural climate solutions such as planting more cover crops and trees could also help improve water quality. 

Star Tribune
November 14, 2018