Chris Barton

Professional Profile

Christopher D. Barton, Ph.D. is a Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky. As a Research Hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service, Savannah River (1999 – 2003), his work focused on hydro-chemical processes associated with restoration and remediation of disturbed and/or contaminated ecosystems. Dr. Barton is currently working in the areas of ecosystem restoration, reforestation and remediation primarily in stream and wetland habitats and mined lands. In addition, improved methods for preventing water quality degradation from logging and mining activities are currently being examined.

Dr. Barton is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Phytoremediation and the International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment. Dr. Barton is also currently serving as the co-Team Leader of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative’s Science Team and founder of the Green Forests Work program. For more information visit: and

As a part of the NRES faculty, Dr. Barton teaches NRE 320—Natural Resource and Environmental Analysis and FOR 460—Forest Watershed Management.