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Jack Williams

Dr. John (Jack) W. Williams

Bryson Professor of Climate, People, and Environment

Professor
Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

email | website

Background:
  • Research Associate, Limnological Research Center, University of Minnesota 2003-2004
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis, 1999-2003
  • Ph.D., Brown University, 1999
Research Areas:
  • Vegetation dynamics
  • Quaternary paleoecology and paleoclimatology
  • Vegetation-atmosphere linkages

Post-doctoral Researchers


Simon
Simon Goring email | blog
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, starting July 2011
Background:
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 2011
  • B.Sc., Plant Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, 2003
Research Areas:
  • Quaternary paleoecology
  • Paleoclimate reconstruction using pollen

Graduate Students


Sam

Samuel Munoz email | website

  • Ph.D. Student, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Background:
  • M.Sc., Geography, University of Ottawa, 2010
  • B.Sc., Physical Geography and Geomatics, Carleton University, 2008
Research Areas:
  • Late Quaternary paleoecology
  • North American prehistory
  • Human-environment interaction

Yue

Yue Wang email

  • M.S. Student, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, starting August 2011
Background:
  • B.S., Geography, Peking University, 2011
Research Areas:
  • Vegetation dynamics
  • Pollen analysis

 


Undergraduate Students


Grace

Grace Schellinger

  • B.S. Candidate, Biology & People/Environment Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Areas:
  • Charcoal analysis of Silver Lake, OH
  • Charcoal analysis of Kirchner Marsh


Chad

Chad Zirbel email

  • B.S. Candidate, Biological Aspects of Conservation & Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Certificate in Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Areas:
  • Sediment description and loss-on-ignition analysis
  • Pollen preparation

Jonny

Jonathan Kershner email

  • B.A. Candidate, People/Environment Geography & International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Areas:
  • Pollen preparation of Horseshoe Lake, Illinois
  • Pollen preparation of Grassy Lake, Illinois

 


Brigitta

Brigitta Rongstad email

  • B.S. Candidate, Physical Geography and Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Certificate in Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Areas:
  • Charcoal analysis of Anderson Lake, TN

 


Kelly

Kelly Kohrs email

  • B.S. Candidate, Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Areas:
  • Charcoal processing of Anderson Lake, TN

 


Alumni


Jenn

Jennifer Marlon email | website

  • Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

  • "Understanding the coupled response of vegetation and fire to climatic variation since the Last Glacial Maximum"
Background:
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon
  • M.S., Geography, University of Oregon
  • B.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
Research Areas:
  • Fire in the Earth system
  • Quaternary paleoecology and paleoclimatology
  • Global climate change

Alejo

Alejandro Ordonez email

  • Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) in the Department of Bioscience - Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity with the Svenning lab.
Background:
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Climatic Research and Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Groningen (the Netherlands), 2011
  • M.A., Evolutionary biology, University of Groningen (the Netherlands), 2007
  • Operations manager, PRODYCON S.A. (Colombia), 2003-2007
  • B.S., Biology, Pontificia universidad Javeriana (Colombia), 2004
Research Areas:
  • Community Ecology
  • Mechanism driving of community compositions
  • Phylogenetic community patterns
  • Species distribution modeling (SDM's)
  • Global climate change
  • Invasive species

Jessica

Jessica Blois email | website

Background:
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Climatic Research and Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 2009
  • M.A., Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University, 2005
  • B.S., Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, University of California, San Diego, 2000
Research Areas:
  • Quaternary paleoecology of mammals and vegetation
  • Ancient DNA
  • Mammalian body size across space and time

Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn Gill email | website | blog

  • Jacquelyn is now a Vos postdoctoral researcher at Brown University
  • She has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Maine
Background:
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • B.A., Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, 2005
Research Areas:
  • Using Quaternary paleoecology to inform ecological theory
  • Pollen & charcoal analysis
  • North American megafaunal extinction, causes and consequences
  • Late glacial no-analog vegetation
  • Quaternary refugia and post-glacial migrations

Karen

Karen Russ email | website

  • Ph.D. Student, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with Joe Mason

Background:

  • M.S., Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

  • Technical Paper: "Response of the Hydrological Cycle to Global Warming in a Transient Simulation of the Last 22,000 Years"

  • M.S., Geography, Northern Illinios University, 2002
  • B.S., Geography, Northern Illinois University, 1996
  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, 1980

Nancy Parker email

  • M.S., Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • "The Influence of Aridity on the Production, Dispersal, and Preservation of the Megafaunal Proxy Sporormiella in Modern Lake Sediments"
  • B.S., Geology, Lafayette College, 2009
Nancy will be working for GSA GeoCorps America in Alaska during summer 2011

Jenna

Jenna Bonavia email

  • B.S., Comprehensive Honors in Biology and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jenna is starting a PhD in Anthropology at University of Texas, San Antonio

 


Sam Veloz email

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Climatic Research and Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Davis, 2009
  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2008
  • B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997

Sam is now a spatial ecologist with PRBO Conservation Science, though he continues to work on several projects with the Williams Lab


Jeremiah

Jeremiah Marsicek email | website

  • Post-baccalaureat Research Technician, Williams Lab
  • B.S., Physical Geography (2008), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2007 Pathways Scholars Program

Jeremiah is attending graduate school at the University of Wyoming (Department of Geology and Geophysics), where he works with Bryan Shuman

 

 


L.Gonzales

Leila M. Gonzales, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Department of Geography (2009), University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Reconstructing Late-Glacial ‘no-analog’ Climates In Northeastern Illinois With Expanded Pollen-Climate Relationships:  A Case Study At Crystal Lake, McHenry County, Illinois"

 


Dominique

Dominique Alhambra

B.A.in Anthropology & Spanish (2008), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dominique is currently an Anthropology Collections Intern at the Chicago Field Museum in Acquisitions Collections curation.


Katie

Katherine Lininger email

B.A. in Physical Geography & Political Science (2008), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Katherine completed her Honors Thesis in December 2007. In Spring 2008, she participated in a tropical conservation study-abroad program in Ecuador. In 2008, she was an intern at National Geographic.

Luke Straka (Charcoal analysis, 2009)

Lucy Xue (Loss-on-ignition analysis, 2009)

David Silverman (Charcoal analysis, 2008)

Shannon Hernandez (North American Plant Macrofossil Database, 2006-2008)

Samuel Lucas (Summer Research Program, 2006)

Adianez Santiago (Summer Research Program, 2006)

Sherry Stuart (M.S., December, 2002)


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