Susan Williams

Blending In: Ecology Graduate Student Grace Ha Investigates Camouflage in Seagrass Meadows

January 07, 2019

“We’re in a region with a Mediterranean climate and upwelling— what’s cool is that both of these are associated with high levels of biodiversity,” says Grace Ha, an ecology Ph.D. student. In upwelling zones, nutrient-rich waters from the deep ocean are transported to coastal regions, which makes them hotspots for biodiversity.

Read more at the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences

What’s In a Scientific Name? A Story.

October 29, 2018

A scientific name means more than just Linnaean nomenclature. Names go out into the world like buoys in the ocean, mere indicators of the stories and relationships weighted below them. Grace Ha writes about discovering a new marine species — and naming it.

Read more in Bay Nature

Remembering Susan Williams

October 26, 2018

At the Bodega Marine Laboratory and CMSI, we couldn’t be more honored and humbled to have Dr. Susan Williams a part of our community for so long. On the 26th of October, over 180 people from around the world gathered to celebrate the life of Dr. Williams.  

“I wanted to be an oceanographer since second grade, without understanding what that meant other than being fascinated by "things" that washed up on the beach during seaside family vacations.” - Dr. Susan Williams in her CMSI Spotlight.

Susan Williams, Ph.D.

  • In Memoriam, Distinguished Professor
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Bodega Marine Laboratory
Bodega Marine Laboratory
University of California Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory, PO Box 247, 2099 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay CA 94923

Blog Post: Encountering the Marine Debris Crisis in Indonesia

October 05, 2018

By Katie DuBois

I took in a deep breath then let it out quickly as I approached the group of middle schoolers gathered around a single desk.

I blurted out, “Apa kabar?” One of my few memorized Bahasa Indonesia greetings.

Half a dozen young faces turned towards me.  There was a brief pause before they shrilly responded,

“Biiiiiaaak!!” and promptly collapsed into a pile of laughter.

Large Stretches of Coral Reefs Can Be Rehabilitated

September 27, 2018

New ‘Spider’ Technique Found to Help Coral Reefs

Even after being severely damaged by blast fishing and coral mining, coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales using a relatively inexpensive technique, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, in partnership with Mars Symbioscience.

Susan Williams - Celebration of Science, Life & Impact

October 25-27, 2018 – Davis, CA

Please join us to celebrate the life of Susan Williams, Distinguished Professor, and faculty member of the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Bodega Marine Laboratory of UC Davis.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Hotel reservations in Davis are still available, and typically range $150-200/night

Parking area next to International Center is available for (paid) parking. See map here.

Spotlight on Dr. Susan Williams

Dr. Susan Williams (1951 –2018) was an internationally recognized Marine Biologist and UC Davis based professor of marine biology whose research pushed the boundaries of science and redefined international policy. Dr. Williams graciously took the time to answer some of our questions below. 

Can you tell us a little about your background and how you eventually became a marine biologist?  

Remembering Dr. Susan L. Williams

May 11, 2018

Dr. Susan Williams obituary was published in the Press Democrat, read it here.

A Memorial Fund has been established in her honor.  Any donations given in her name will be used to build an endowment to support graduate students working on coastal research that focuses on marine ecology.  Information on this Memorial Fund is available here.