Recent Events

Winter Study 2023

During this year’s 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

Photo: Joan Edwards

Students in Conservation Biology sampled tree diversity as part of their lab work in the Fall 2022 term, locating a magnificent sugar maple. Pictured from left to right are SJ Brusini ’23, Robin Henrikson ’24, and Sophia Trone ’24.

Ecology students venture to The Dome!
The Dome
At the top of The Dome (Photo credit: Allison Gill)

Wearing new safety vests as they traveled through the woods, our Ecology students made their way to the top of The Dome in nearby Vermont during the Fall 2022 term. 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

As part of  a vibrant summer program, a total of about 190 students pursue research projects under the direction of Williams science and math faculty members. Approximately 35-40 Williams students conduct research in Biology, working intensively with a faculty mentor for 9-10 weeks on the faculty member’s research.  The 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

Ecological Society of America meeting
August 2022, Montreal (Photo credit: Allison Gill)

Students in Professor Allison Gill’s lab attended the Ecological Society of America meeting in Montreal, Canada in August 2022 and presented ongoing work on carbon and nitrogen cycling at Hopkins Forest, a local reserve located in Williamstown. Pictured at the meeting are Biology thesis students Patrick Hodgson ’22, Aaron Stanton ’22, Angela Hsuan Chen ’23 and Maddie Annis ’23.