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John Williams

Professor

College of Letters & Science | Department of Geography and Center for Climatic Research

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

John (Jack) Williams is Professor in Geography and a former director of the Center for Climatic Research at UW-Madison. He studies climate change and ecosystem responses to changing climates, using the end of the last ice age as a model system for understanding the effects of large global rises in temperature. His work ranges from site-based fieldwork to helping lead and build global-scale community databases. He and his wife Sarah have lived in Wisconsin since 2004 and have raised their kids here
they enjoy kayaking, dog-walking, and board-gaming. More information can be found at www.geography.wisc.edu/faculty/williams/lab/ or via Twitter @IceAgeEcologist

Talks:

  • How do species adapt to changing climates and how can we help them? Some of our best examples come from the end of the last ice age, when the world warmed by 5-10F. Here I’ll review how we study past climates and ecosystems, what we’ve learned, and insights for today. 

  • Here I’ll review how we study past climates and ecosystems, what we’ve learned and insights for today.

  • Climate Science and Solutions: An Overview
  • Life and Death of the Mammoths on St. Paul Island, Alaska