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New Scientist Quotes Williams on Butterfly Migration

New Scientist magazine quoted Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology,  in “The chilly secret to monarch migration,” an article that examined possible trigger prompting these butterflies to leave the warmth of Mexico to travel to the United States in the spring. In the Feb. 17 article, Williams commented on how warming temperatures might change migration patterns.  More ...

Members of the Environmental Studies Forever Wild class in the wilderness near Old Forge.
Forever Wild Adirondacks Class Makes Winter Hike

Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology, led his Adirondack class -  Environmental Studies 220, Forever Wild: The Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park - on a snowshoe hike into the wilderness near Old Forge on Feb. 10. The group hiked to a frozen-over beaver pond and identified tree species growing in the Adirondacks. It was a beautiful day for exploring the northern forest, with fresh snow and blue skies.  More ...

A Frosted Elfin, one of the species studied.
Ernest Williams Co-Authors Article in Biological Conservation

In a new study, Hamilton College Biology Professor Ernest Williams and Boston University researchers have found that butterflies show signs of being affected by climate change in a way similar to plants and bees, but not birds, in the Northeast United States. Their findings indicate that butterflies are flying earlier in warmer years.  More ...

<em>Pathways to Excellence</em>, published by The Couper Press.
Faculty Contribute to New Couper Press Book

Several Hamilton faculty members contributed to a new book, Pathways to Excellence in Teaching, edited by Ernest H. Williams, the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Biology, and published by The Couper Press.  More ...

Williams Publishes Article and Photos in American Butterflies

“Microclimates and the Survival of Overwintering Monarchs” by William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Ernest Williams was published in the summer issue of American Butterflies magazine.  More ...

A Yellowstone checkerspot butterfly, as pictured on the cover of <em>Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society.</em>
Williams Publishes in Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society

Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology, published an article titled “Population Loss and Gain in the Rare Butterfly Euphydryas gillettii (Nymphalidae)” in Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society (66:147-155).  This study revealed some of the effects of climate change on living organisms.  More ...

Students in Bio. 237 with Professors Ernest Williams and Bill Pfitsch.
Ecology Class Examines Adirondack Forest

For the 29th year in a row, the ecology class (Bio. 237) went up Whiteface Mountain to look at how and why the composition and structure of the forest changes with elevation. The 23 students on the Oct. 7 trip were led by Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch and Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology.  More ...

Eight Faculty Members Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Dean of Faculty Patrick D. Reynolds announced the appointment of eight Hamilton faculty members to endowed chairs. All were effective July 1.  More ...

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Williams Gives Paper at International Monarch Conference

Professor of Biology Ernest Williams participated in the international conference on Monarch Biology and Conservation June 21-23 in Minneapolis,where he gave a talk on “Microclimatic benefits of the high elevation oyamel fir forest.”  More ...

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Williams Publishes Articles in Ecology Journals

Two articles by Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Biology Ernest Williams were published recently. “Long term effects of climate on two pond predators” appeared in the April issue of American Midland Naturalist, an international journal on ecology, evolution and the environment. Previously available only online, “Decline of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico: Is the migratory phenomenon at risk?” was published in the March print issue of Insect Conservation and Diversity.  More ...

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