Dr. William Flatley

Assistant Professor


Lewis Science Center, Room 043

(501) 450-3280


Areas of Interest:


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




  • Earth System Science
  • Biogeography
  • Geography of Natural Hazards
  • Soils




Ph.D. Texas A&M University

M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

B.A. Dartmouth College




O’Donnell, F.C., Flatley, W.T., Springer, A.E., Fulé, P.Z. 2018.  Forest restoration as a strategy to mitigate climate impacts on wildfire, vegetation, and water in semi-arid forests.  Ecological Applications, 28 (6):  1459-1472.


Harley, G., Baisan, C.H., Brown, P.M., Falk, D.A., Flatley, W.T., Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Hessl, A., Heyerdahl, E.K., Kaye, M.W., Lafon, C.W., Margolis, E.Q., Maxwell, R.S., Naito, A.T., Platt, W.J., Rother, M.T., Saladyga, T., Sherriff, R.L., Stachowiak, L.A., Stambaugh, M.C., Sutherland, E.K. and Taylor, A.H. 2018.  Advancing dendrochronological studies of fire in the United States.  Fire, 1(1):  11.


Loehman, R.A., Flatley, W.T., Holsinger, L.M., Thode, A.E. 2018.  Can land management buffer impacts of climate changes and altered fire regimes on ecosystems of the southwestern United States?  Forests, 9 (4): 192.


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.