Ph.D., Univ. of Washington (1990)
B.S., Duke Univ. (1982)
Dr. Williams is a research professor whose goal is to engage students in lab research. With her students, she examines the diversity of arthropods (e.g., crustaceans and insects) and explores how embryonic development might have been modified during evolution to give rise to the many kinds of arthropods living today. Engagement with research fosters creativity and critical thinking as well as providing a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of animals unlike us. Dr. Williams is interested in how biology intersects with other disciplines ranging from history to philosophy to art and encourages such thinking in her lab.