Keene Haywood

Geographer, Filmmaker

Geographer, filmmaker, and educator Keene Haywood helps direct the new graduate program in Exploration Science at the University of Miami. He came to know and love the vast and stunning landscapes in and around Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks while earning a Master of Fine Arts in science and natural history filmmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman. A former National Geographic staff member, Keeneā€™s accomplishments include documentary film production for the Geographic and the original presentation of National Geographic photographs and expeditions on Google Earth. He also worked as a project director for The Nature Conservancy in the largest preserve in Texas, where he oversaw scientific research and outreach activities in the Davis Mountains, a southern extension of the Rocky Mountains. There, he was involved with prescribed fire projects, invasive species monitoring, resource mapping, and guiding people into the backcountry areas of the preserve. In addition to his MFA, Keene holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin along with an M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy and a B.A. in anthropology, both from the University of Miami.