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.  

This website is no longer maintained. Please find me now at BranwenWilliams.com


Cabrilla Aquarium Seminar Series: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/events-news/events-details.asp?id=1748

National Geographic: http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2016/08/25/diving-deep-below-arctic-ice-to-bring-back-our-oceans-skeletons-bestjobever/

Treasure of the Subarctic by Karen Loveland-Adey and Walter Adey: www.youtube.com/watch?v=km9fegl4XV8

Cited in Mashable: www.mashable.com/2016/09/26/5-climate-change-explained/#XofVw3E8KEqh


10/24/17 Our work on the stable isotopic composition of specific compounds in deep-sea corals is out: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016703717306373!  Congrats to our former postdoc Kelton McMahon - now at URI (web.uri.edu/gso/kelton-mcmahon/) - for leading this study.

8/23/17 Come work in sunny California. The Keck Science Department and Pomona Colleges of the Claremont Colleges are hiring an instrument technician:  https://tinyurl.com/y7dd6fvq. 

8/14/17 It's time for the Goldschmidt Conference in Paris. Branwen and Dr. Eleni Anagnostou, our former postdoc, present their work on coralline algae skeletal geochemistry. 

7/27/17 The LUCE Foundation is supporting our novel approach to quantifying land use change and nutrient cycling within a culture context in SE Asia:  https://www.cmc.edu/news/envirolab-asia-awarded-14-million-grant-to-expand-environmental-research-project.  

7/21/17 The newest NOAA Deep-sea coral report is out:  https://deepseacoraldata.noaa.gov/library/NOAA-DSCRTP_OHC2017TM_AK-DSC-InitiativeReport.pdf

6/19/17 Branwen was at Northeastern University visiting with collaborator Justin Ries (https://tinyurl.com/yato3f86).

6/6/17 We've published on Labrador Sea variability in Nature Communications: www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15543!  Congrats to Phoebe Chan for leading this study. 

5/19/17 Branwen's research is featured in an article published in Scientia:  http://www.scientia.global/dr-branwen-williams-coralline-algae-climate-archive/

5/11/17 Interested in coastal biogeochemistry? We are hiring a two year fully funded postdoc fellow. Please see here for more details:  https://webapps.cmc.edu/jobs/staff/staff_opening_detail.php?PostingID=2246. 

5/4/17 Our end of the year lab party. From bottom left to top right: Emma Choy, Xenia Rangaswami, Kelly Watanabe, Lude Rong, Branwen Williams, Madison Blumer, Kitty Liu, Maggie Lund, Emma Saso, Esme Kline, Tricia Light, Jenna Loesberg, and Mary Knaak. Missing were Natalie Creekmur and Ella Kim.

4/28/17 Serving on an Academic Showcase on Faculty-Student Research Collaboration with senior thesis student Tricia Light (second from right).  

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,
    Associate 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