Eric Williams

Ecology, Paleoecology, and Biogeography

About Me

I grew up in small town located in southeastern North Carolina where I learned to hunt, trap, fish, and appreciate all that the outdoors had to offer. After graduating high school (2006) I began my academic career at UNC Wilmington, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in biology (2010).

After taking a year off and working various jobs, I returned to UNC Wilmington (2011) as a Masters student working under Dr. David Webster. During my time at UNC Wilmington, I studied the habitat relationships of bats (Chiroptera) in northwestern South Carolina. Conducting this research also provided me with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in acoustical surveys for bats, which uses ultra sonic detectors such as Pettersson and Wildlife Acoustics and the software program SonoBat. After two years at UNC Wilmington I received my Master of Science in Biology (2013).

Then in the fall of 2013, I decided to continue my academic career and I loaded up my family and traveled coast to coast (well, almost) where we ended up settling in Merced CA. Why Merced CA you may ask? Well, I enrolled in the Ph.D program at UC Merced, where I was given a great opportunity to work under Dr. Jessica Blois within the department of Environmental Systems, where we have access to amazing places where we can conduct our research such as the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. Our lab conducts research in the areas of Quaternary ecology, biogeography, community ecology, and phylogeography with my specific research interests being in mammalogy, community dynamics and assembly processes, biogeography, and climate change. If you are interested in reading about my specific areas of research please look here. If you have any questions about any part of my research please feel free to contact me.

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