Ph.D. in Ecology – Virginia Tech; Blacksburg, Virginia
M.S. in Entomology – Rutgers University; New Brunswick, New Jersey
B.A. in Botany and Zoology – Drew University; Madison, New Jersey
Professor Williams recently joined the Online Learning Program at Waldorf University and teaches Earth Science. His professional interests include historical ecology, landscape and environmental history, and forest ecology and management. A "place-based" ecologist with a particular geographical interest in the past and present natural and cultural landscapes of the Appalachians and the circumpolar north, especially Iceland, Professor Williams incorporates many of his first-hand field experiences in the courses he teaches.
Professor Williams has taught onsite and online for several universities and spent 15 years as a professor of ecology at Clarion University of Pennsylvania where he taught courses in ecology, plant biology, and environmental history. He also has his own environmental consulting firm, Williams Ecological, LLC.
Professor Williams was a Fulbright Scholar in environmental history at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. He is active in many professional organizations, especially the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and the Society of Ethnobiology, and regularly presents papers on his research at professional meetings. He has published extensively on topics in ecology and environment in both scientific journals and the popular media, including four books focused on the landscapes and history of Western Pennsylvania, where he currently resides.