Research Expertise and Interest
evolution, physiology, ecophysiology, metabolism, insect, winter, adaptation, thermal biology
Caroline Williams is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology. The CM Williams Lab focuses on:
They are working to understand how changes in seasonality affect insect's physiology, population dynamics, and evolution.
Their research uncovers the drivers, mechanisms, and consequences of evolutionary change in energy pathways and metabolism. They explore physiological changes across invertebrate species, and how physiology interacts with environmental variability. Their work combines cutting edge techniques in metabolic biochemistry and physiology with a strong focus on theory, natural history, and fieldwork. They collaborate widely with quantitative geneticists, ecological modelers, protein biochemists, computational biologists and bioinformaticians, systematists and taxonomists.
We believe that understanding how physiology responds to environmental variability allows us to predict the bigger consequences of human-driven climate change.