The Williams Lab studies vegetation change and its drivers, across diverse spatial and temporal scales, with an emphasis on the environmental changes of the last 20,000 years as a model system for global change research. Key research areas include no-analog climates and communities, the drivers of abrupt ecological change, and the interactions among vegetation, climate, disturbance regime, megafauna, and humans. We employ a diverse mix of tools (primary collection of paleoenvironmental data, data synthesis, and ecological and climate modeling) and seek to foster strong and productive collaborations, within and outside our research group. We share a strong commitment to advancing scientific communications, education, diversity, and mentorship from the undergraduate to postgraduate levels.
The Williams lab includes undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, along with the eponymous professor. This link will provide you with information about the individuals currently in the lab, and those who have gone on before.
The standard protocols for computer networking, lab calendar, lab analyses, data management standards, travel reimbursement procedures, fieldwork, etc.
All the other knowledge generated by those in the lab about courses to take, listservs to sign up for, awards to apply for, career advice, all the important stuff that people just seem to know had to be passed down by word of mouth. This section keeps all that information in one place:
The Williams lab is involved in a number of projects ranging from undergraduate independent studies to multi-author mega-studies. Information and resources for these projects can be found here.
This page also contains descriptions of internal datasets. A key component is downscaled paleoclimatic simulations.
The Williams lab holds regular weekly meetings to discuss lab business, dry-run presentations, learn new techniques and discuss the current literature. Meeting information can be found here.