Dr. William Flatley

Assistant Professor


Burdick 318E

(501) 450-3280


Areas of Interest:


  • Biogeography
  • Forest Ecology
  • Fire Ecology
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental History




  • Earth System Science
  • Biogeography




Ph.D. Texas A&M University

M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

B.A. Dartmouth College




Waring, K.M., Johnson, K.A., Flatley, W.T. 2016. Prescribed fire effectiveness in meeting management objectives at Zion National Park, USA. Fire Ecology, 12 (3): 2-15.


Flatley, W.T. and Fulé, P.Z. 2016. Are historical fire regimes compatible with future climate? Implications for forest restoration. Ecosphere, 7 (10): 1-21.


Flatley, W.T., Lafon, C.W., Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Laforest, L.B. 2015. Changing fire regimes and old-growth forest succession along a topographic gradient in the Great Smoky Mountains. Forest Ecology and Management, 350: 96–106.


Flatley, W.T. and Copenheaver, C.A. 2015. Two centuries of vegetation change in an agricultural watershed in southwestern Virginia, USA. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 142 (2):113–126.


Lafon, C.W., Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Aldrich, S.R., DeWeese, G.G., Flatley, W.T., LaForest, L.B., and Hoss, J.A. 2014. Three centuries of Appalachian fire history from tree rings.  Pp. 99-103 in Waldrop, Thomas A., ed. 2014. Proceedings, Wildland Fire in the Appalachians: Discussions among Managers and Scientists. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-199. Ashville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 208 p.


Flatley, W.T., Lafon, C.W., Grissino-Mayer, H.G., Laforest, L.B. 2013. Fire history, related to climate and land use in three southern Appalachian landscapes in the eastern United States. Ecological Applications, 23 (6): 1250–1266.


Flatley, W.T., Lafon, C.W., Grissino-Mayer, H.G. 2011. Climatic and topographic controls on patterns of fire in the southern and central Appalachian Mountains, USA. Landscape Ecology, 26 (2): 195–209.


Copenheaver, C.A., Dorr, J.L., Flatley, W.T., and Garst, D.W. 2006. Temporal variability in the spatial distribution of an eastern red cedar-chinquapin oak woodland in Virginia. Natural Areas Journal, 26 (3): 274–279.