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William Parton

William Parton

Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University


Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University
1499 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499


  • Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University


Bill Parton has spent the last 40 years studying the impacts of human activity on ecosystems and the environment with a focus on climatic change research and atmosphere-biosphere interactions. He was trained as a meteorologist and has made a career as an ecosystem ecologist with a primary research focus on the development of ecosystem models which predict the impact of human activity on natural and agricultural ecosystems. He is a primary author of the DayCent, Century,and ForCent models which are widely used around the world and was involved with the development of DayCent-CHEM model . He has published numerous (greater than 150) papers which describe his modeling and ecosystem biogeochemical research. Dr. Parton has been a Senior Research Scientist and Professor at Colorado State University for 34 years.


  • PhD, Meteorology, University of Oklahoma-Norman, 1972
  • MS, Meteorology, University of Oklahoma-Norman, 1968
  • BS, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University-University Park, 1966

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Journal Articles


Parton, W. J., M. P. Gutmann, S. A. Williams, M. Easter and D. Ojima. 2005. Ecological impact of historical land-use patterns in the Great Plains: A methodological assessment. Ecological Applications 15(6):1915-1928.


Throop, H. L., E. A. Holland, W. J. Parton, D. S. Ojima and C. A. Keough. 2004. Effects of nitrogen deposition and insect herbivory on patterns of ecosystem-level carbon and nitrogen dynamics: Results from the CENTURY model. Global Change Biology 10(7):1092-1105. DOI: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2003.00791.x. (link )


Parton, W. J., M. P. Gutmann and W. R. Travis. 2003. Historical land use change in eastern Colorado. Great Plains Research 13:97-125.

Book Chapters


Gutmann, M. P., W. J. Parton, G. Cunfer and I. C. Burke. 2005. Population and environment in the US Great Plains. In: Entwisle, B. and P. C. Stern eds., Population, Land Use, and Environment: Research Directions. National Academies Press.