News & Announcements

Biology Placement Survey

It is preferable for students who plan to major in biology, or think they may be interested in doing so, to take Biology 101 and 102 during their first year at Williams. It is also possible to begin the Biology major during the sophomore year, although students should understand that… Continue reading »

FAQs for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Biology Department FAQs Williams College has made the decision to convene an in-person semester for the fall of 2020. Your Biology faculty have been working hard all summer to adapt to our new circumstances, and we know you are eager to know more about what the coming year will look like. Continue reading »

Luana Maroja Wins NSF Grant to Study the Formation of New Species

Maroja’s project, titled “The Evolution and Maintenance of Variable Species Boundaries,” combines field work with new technology to increase understanding of how speciation—the process through which new species are formed and a fundamental driver of biodiversity—takes place. Working with a complex of field cricket species, with a focus on two local species, the project will also involve measurement of behavior and other traits related to mate choice as well as collection and analyses of genomic data. Continue reading »

Class of 2020 Biology Graduation Ceremony

Biology majors from the Class of 2020 were awarded their degrees on June 7 in a Zoom-based ceremony hosted by the Biology Department.  The ceremony includes 1) speeches by graduating seniors Chloe Henderson and Eugene Cho; 2) Biology highlights from the year from Biology Dept Chair Lois Banta; 3)… Continue reading »

Honors and Summer Research Open House

Full document:  Honors Research Open House 2020 The deadline to apply to the honors program and/or the summer research program is February 7th.  Information and applications can be found here.  There will be an open house and information session for those… Continue reading »

Assistant Professor Ron Bassar publishes in Copeia

Local Adaptation in Trinidadian Guppies Alters Stream Ecosystem Structure at Landscape Scales despite High Environmental Variability. Troy N. Simon, Ronald D. Bassar, Andrew J. Binderup, Alex S. Flecker, Mary C. Freeman, James F. Gilliam, Michael C. Marshall, Steven A. Thomas, Joseph Travis, David N. Reznick, and Catherine… Continue reading »

Two Tenure-Track Professors to Start this Fall

This year the biology department welcomes two new faculty members, Ronald Bassar and David Loehlin. Ron starts in the Fall 2017 semester as Assistant Professor.  Ron is an evolutionary ecologist and comes to us following post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford with Tim Coulson studying the ecological and… Continue reading »