The Williams Lab

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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.

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Latest News

A new paper by Sam Munoz and others

A new paper is in press by Sam Munoz and others in the Journal of Biogeography. Sam's recent synthesis of historical, archaeological, and palaeoecological data argues that prehistoric human impacts in eastern North America were patchy, dynamic, and heterogeneous. These findings challenge the view that indigenous land use was widespread and ubiquitous.

University of Wisconsin press release featuring the Williams Lab and PalEON

A recent University of Wisconsin press release features Jack Williams and postdoc Simon Goring for their efforts as part of PalEON, and the rise of Big Ecology.

'Jack Williams has been awarded the Romnes Faculty Award by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

This award, for professors within six years of tenure, is supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). H.I. Romnes was the former president of the WARF Board of Trustees, and the award recognizes his service to the University through an unrestricted $50,000 research grant.

Sam Munoz and Cahokia make another spash with a new paper in Geology & coverage in Discovery.

Sam Munoz's work at Cahokia has been published online in Geology, with coverage in Discovery News

Sam Munoz and Cahokia make a big splash in National Geographic! (October 31, 2013)

Sam Munoz has had his work on Cahokia featured in National Geographic's Daily News feature.

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