Winter Study 2023
During Winter Study, Holland lab members set up an experiment with 5th grade students at Lanesborough Elementary to test the effects of grape flavoring as a bird deterrent. Pictured left to right: Prof. Cynthia Holland, Aracely Watson ‘25, Michael Fallon ‘24, Hisham Tadfie ‘23, Miriam Li ‘23, and Cameron Darnell ‘25. Photo credit: Sean MacDonald
Conservation Biology samples tree diversity
Students in Conservation Biology recently sampled tree diversity as part of their lab work, locating a magnificent sugar maple. Pictured from left to right are SJ Brusini ’23, Robin Henrikson ’24, and Sophia Trone ’24.
Biology Quilt unveiled in the Hopper Science Center
Biology staff member Debra Rogers-Gillig, who has served as a technical assistant in the department for 31 years, created a stunning 10′ x 10′ quilt for the Hopper Science Center focal wall. The quilt panels represent the lab courses in our curriculum.
Ecology students venture to The Dome!
Wearing new safety vests as they traveled through the woods, our Ecology students recently made their way to the top of The Dome in nearby Vermont. Ecology climbs to the top of The Dome to characterize how forest structure changes across elevational gradients and observe the transition between temperate hardwood and boreal forest.
Summer 2022 Poster Session
Each summer, approximately 35-40 Williams students pursue research in Biology, working intensively with a faculty mentor on the faculty member’s research for 9-10 weeks. These students are part of a vibrant summer program in which a total of about 190 students pursue research projects under the direction of Williams science and math faculty members. The summer research program culminates in a science division-wide poster session. Pictured are Luke Young-Xu ’25, Max Song ’23 and Maki Yoshimura ’23.
Thesis students present at the Ecological Society of America meeting
Over the summer, students in Professor Allison Gill’s lab attended the Ecological Society of America meeting in Montreal, Canada. Students presented ongoing work on carbon and nitrogen cycling at Hopkins Forest, a local reserve located in Williamstown. Pictured at the meeting are recently-graduated Biology thesis students Patrick Hodgson ’22 and Aaron Stanton ’22, and incoming thesis students Angela Hsuan Chen ’23 and Maddie Annis ’23.