Welcome to the Marine Environmental Change (MEC) Lab at the Claremont Colleges!

I run a student-centric research program with external funding from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Geographic Society. In my research, we develop and interpret records of environmental variability in our oceans from the tropics to the poles. From these records, we work to understand mechanisms driving natural variability in chemical, biological, and physical oceanography, along with the response of the ocean to anthropogenic climate change.  


4/24/17 Our new manuscript describing multi-century temperature change in the northern North Pacific is available online: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL073138/full.  

3/9/17 Branwen is quoted in an article in the Smithsonian.com (www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-layers-stunning-pink-coralline-algae-holds-secrets-climates-past-180962436/)

2/23/17 We're hosting Jennifer Flannery of the USGS (www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/jennifer-a-flannerynext week to work on ICP-OES methods.

12/12/16 AGU week! See Branwen's poster Wednesday morning (PP31C-2298) and Kay Garlick-Ott present her work Thursday afternoon (EP53C-0962).

10/25/16 Congrats to lab alum Jessica Ng for her first authored paper on Algal Proxy System Modeling based on her senior thesis (www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016703716304707)

10/5/16 Branwen is interviewed for an article "Climate Change Explained" (mashable.com/2016/09/26/5-climate-change-explained/#oKWcGTrtBEqY)

9/01/16 Branwen is featured on National Geographic's best job ever series: 

7/15/16 We are growing deep-sea corals! Collected by the E/V Nautilus crew from off the coast of southern California, we have three species of deep-sea corals for culturing experiments.

    Dr. Branwen Williams,
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
    W.M. Keck Science Department
    Claremont McKenna - Pitzer - Scripps Colleges
    925 N. Mills Ave
    Claremont, California 91711

    bwilliams at kecksci.claremont.edu

    Please note that this site is continually under         construction.