Raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Drew Barton is a forest ecologist and conservation biologist. His research focuses on how forests change over time in response to climate change and natural disturbances, such as fire. His fieldwork has taken him to Costa Rica, Kenya, Arizona, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Maine, and he has published in a wide range of biology journals. He has recently devoted himself to writing for general audiences, culminating in the release of The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, a 2013 Maine Literary Award winner. A highlight of the last couple years has been meeting nature lovers all over the state as part of his extensive book tour.
Barton is a founder of the Michigan National Forest Watch, the Mt. Blue-Tumbledown Conservation Alliance, and the University of Maine at Farmington Sustainable Campus Coalition (SCC). He continues to promote environmental sustainability at UMF and in western Maine as faculty co-coordinator of the SCC. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and PhD from the University of Michigan, and he is currently Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Farmington. He and his wife, Sarah Sloane, a professor of animal behavior, live on 125 acres in rural western Maine and have two daughters who fill their lives with music.