Franklin Boteler, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture






Franklin E. Boteler (Frank) currently serves as the leader of the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment (IBCE) in the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  IBCE  is one of four NIFA Institutes which fund transdisciplinary, outcome-driven programs that address national science priorities.   Focused IBCE programs advance energy independence and adaptation of agricultural, forest, and range production systems to climate variables.   Core programs within the Institute address basic natural resources including air, water, and soil in order to advance sustainble forest, range, and agricultural production.  IBCE programs award approximately $300 million per year in grants to support research, education, and extension.

Previously, Dr. Boteler held progressively responsible positions with the North Carolina, Idaho, and Washington State Parks Systems.  In Washington he functioned as the chief operating officer responsible for 1000 FTE’s (including 250 commissioned park rangers), 125 parks, a $100 million operating budget, and an $80 million capital development budget.   He regularly participated in cabinet meetings of Governor Locke in Washington and Governor Andrus in Idaho, prepared briefing documents and gave presentations to policy setting boards and commissions, and testified before state legislative committees.

Boteler began his career as a tenured associate professor in the West Virginia University Division of Forestry performing research and teaching in forest resources management.  His research work was supported by the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources which he worked with in setting the original carrying capacity and safety regulations for whitewater use of the Cheat, New, and Gauley Rivers.

Boteler holds a doctorate and masters from the Pennsylvania State University School of Forest Resources and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland.  He has completed substantial executive management training including a four week in-residence training on executive leadership at Federal Executive Institute,  two weeks in residence at the Washington State Executive Managers Program, the North Carolina Certified Public Manager Program, and numerous courses from the Kennedy School of Government Studies at Harvard and the Brookings Institution.

Frank is an avid outdoors person who enjoys skiing in British Columbia, alpine mountain climbing, road biking, backpacking, and river running.   His wife is a reference librarian and their son is a recent graduate of Western Washington University.