Welcome to Dr. Mathias Trachsel! Mathias is joining the Williams Lab as a postdoc on the Paleoecological Observatory Network (PalEON) project, working on the effort to build new land cover reonstructions for the northeastern US and elsewhere in North America. Mathias has a PhD at Bern and comes from a postdoctoral fellowship at Maryland. Mathias’ prior background is in paleoclimatology and developing new kinds of transfer functions for use with paleoecological and paleoclimatic proxies.
Members of the Williams Lab are off to Portland, Oregon for the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting! Come see Jack’s talk on Tuesday (OOS 14-9), Simon’s talk on Tuesday (COS 104-5), Tanjona’s talk on Wednesday (COS 104-6), Andria’s talk on Wednesday (COS 105-7), Kevin’s talk on Thursday (COS 150-7), Yue’s talk on Friday (COS 173-5), and Megs’ poster on Tuesday (PS 26-137).
We’re delighted to hear that the Graham et al. 2016 PNAS paper received the PNAS Cozzarelli Prize! This award recognizes recently published PNAS papers of outstanding scientific excellence and originality, and Graham et al. was one of the six papers published in 2016 to earn this distinction. Yue Wang and Jack Williams were co-authors on this paper.
Williams Lab alumnus Sam Munoz has accepted a faculty position with the Department of Marine & Environmental Science at Northeastern University. Sam’s research lab will be in an old World War II coastal bunker, so when the zombie apocalypse comes, Sam will be ready.
Williams Lab postdoctoral researcher Andria Dawson (of Team PalEON) has accepted a faculty position at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Congratulations Andria!
Postdoctoral fellow and regular Williams Lab visitor Sarah Supp has accepted a faculty position at Denison University in Ohio. Sarah will be a member of the Data Analytics Department. Congratulations Sarah!
Williams Lab PhD student Yue Wang has accepted a postdoc position with Jenny McGuire at Georgia Tech, Atlanta. Congratulations Yue!
Yue Wang has published a new paper “The southern coastal Beringian land bridge: cryptic refugium or pseudorefugium for woody plants during the Last Glacial Maximum?” in Journal of Biogeography. This paper presents strong evidence that the southern coastal Bering Land Bridge was not a refugium for woody plants during the last glacial maximum, and that the St. Paul mammoth populations persisted on an open tundra vegetation for thousands of years.
Simon Goring has a new paper “Effect of historical land-use and climate change on tree-climate relationships in the upper Midwestern United States” in Ecology Letters that demonstrates that tree-climate niches have shifted over the past several centuries as a result of land use and climate change, and assesses their relative importance. Congrats Simon!
Williams Lab alumna Ellen Kujawa has accepted a job at the Lake Champlain Basin Program in Grand Isle, VT, where she will help to facilitate water resources research and coordinate implementation projects.