William Lynam

Specialist areas

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Forestry: tropical forestry, agroforestry, urban forestry
  • Agriculture and other land use
  • Ecosystem conservation and restoration
  • Environmental education


  • MF, Yale University: Yale School of the Environment.
  • BSc, Duke University: Nicholas School of the Environment, in Environmental Science

William Lynam

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself

I was born in Colombia and I grew up in Kenya, where my family would immerse itself regularly in the spectacular nature found there, and my love for the environment blossomed.  Those early experiences inspired and informed my career path, where I have been working at the nexus of sustainable development and environmental management, particularly within the realms of ecology, forestry, and agriculture.

Name three things on your bucket list.

There are three regions/ecosystems I’d love to visit and explore: Madagascar, Antarctica, and the Amazon rainforest.

How do you like to spend your weekends?

I like to spend my weekends outdoors: hiking, swimming, or cycling.

What makes you laugh?

I love a good pun, and all of the films by Monty Python.

When are you happiest?

When I’m with friends and family in nature or sharing a meal, but preferably a combination of the two, cooking over a campfire.

Who’s the most inspiring person you’ve ever met?

I met Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. It happened to be Valentine’s Day, and we were chatting about a particular invasive species we were standing near, so I jokingly picked her a flower and asked her to be my Valentine.