Curriculum Vitae

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Bethany L. Williams

 (240) 533-0359/ bethany.williams@noaa.gov

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EDUCATION

2018                M.S. Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary

2015                B.S. Biological Science, Florida State University (FSU)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2019-present  Marine Ecologist, CSS Inc. under contract to NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Marine Spatial Ecology Division, Biogeography Branch

2018-2019      Sea Grant Knauss Fellow, Marine Ecologist, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Marine Spatial Ecology Division, Biogeography Branch

2015-2018      Graduate Student, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA

2015                Research Assistant, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA

2014                NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), MBL, Woods Hole, MA

2014                Field Assistant, FSU, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL

2012-2013       Research Assistant, FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL

2012                Research Assistant, FSU, R.K. Godfrey Herbarium, Tallahassee, FL

PUBLICATIONS

Williams, B.L. & Johnson, D.S. 2021. Role of ecological interactions in saltmarsh geomorphic processes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 658: 149-161.

Kendall, M.S., Williams, B.L., Winship, A.J., Carson, M., Grissom, K., Rowell, T.J., Stanley, J. & Roberson, K.W. 2021. Winds, waves, warm waters, weekdays, and which ways boats are counted influence predicted visitor use at an offshore fishing destination. Fisheries Research 237: 105879.

Kendall, M.S., Williams, B.L., Ellis, R.D., Flaherty-Walia, K.E., Collins, A.B., & Roberson, K.W. 2021. Measuring and understanding receiver efficiency in your acoustic telemetry array. Fisheries Research 234: 105802.

Kendall, M.S., Williams, B.L., Ruffo, A., Winship, A.J., Siceloff, L., Adams, A., & Tobias, W. 2020. Resampling 25 years later reveals fewer species but higher abundance of juvenile fishes in a Caribbean mangrove bay. Bulletin of Marine Science.

Kendall, M.S., Buja, K., Menza, C., Gandulla, S., & Williams, B. 2020. Priorities for Lakebed Mapping in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 276. Silver Spring, MD. 24 pp.

Johnson, D.S., Crowley, C., Longmire, K., Nelson, J., Williams, B. & Wittyngham, S. 2019. The fiddler crab, Minuca pugnax, follows Bergmann’s rule. Ecology and Evolution.

Costa, B., K. Buja, M. Kendall, B. Williams, & J. Kraus. 2019. Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Research, and Exploration Offshore of California, Oregon, and Washington. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 264. Silver Spring, MD. 80 pp.

Williams, B.L., K. Roberson, J. Young, and M.S. Kendall. 2019. Using Acoustic Telemetry to Understand Connectivity of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary to the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Ocean. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 259. Silver Spring, MD. 82 pp.

Battista, T. W. Sautter, M. Poti, E. Ebert, L. Kracker, J. Kraus, A. Mabrouk, B. Williams, D.S. Dorfman, R. Husted, and C.J. Jenkins. 2019. Comprehensive Seafloor Substrate Mapping and Model Validation in the New York Bight. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 255 and BOEM OCS Study 2019-069. Silver Spring, MD. 187 pp.

Lefcheck, J.S., Hughes, B.B., Johnson, A.J., Pfirrman, B., Rasher, D.B., Smyth, A.R., Williams, B.L., Beck, M.L.,& Orth, R.J. 2019. Are coastal habitats important nurseries? A meta-analysisConservation Letters e12645.

Williams, B. Keeping Up with Sea-Level Rise: Salt Marsh Accretion. Virginia Scientists & Educators Alliance (VA SEA), a collaboration of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (NERR Science Collaborative, NOAA) and the Marine Advisory Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, April 21, 2017. https://tinyurl.com/VASEA-LessonPlans.

Johnson, D.S. & Williams, B.. 2017. Sea-level rise may increase extinction risk of a saltmarsh ontogenetic habitat specialist. Ecology and Evolution 7(19), 7786-7795.

Hanley, T.C., Hughes, A.R., Williams, B., Garland, H., & Kimbro, D.L.. 2016. Effects of intraspecific diversity on growth, survivorship, and recruitment of the Eastern oyster across sites. Ecology 97(6), 1518-1529.

PRESENTATIONS

Williams, B.L.*, Kendall, M.S.,  Ruffo, A. Winship, A., Siceloff, L., Adams, A., Tobias, W. 2019. How has the juvenile fish community in mangroves changed in a quarter of a century? Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, 25th Biennial Conference: Mobile, AL.

Williams, B.L., Kendall, M.S., Roberson, K., & Young, J. 2018. Connectivity of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary with the Southeastern US Ocean Ecosystem. American Fisheries Society: Atlantic City, NJ.

Williams, B.L. 2018. Feeling crabby in the face of sea-level rise? A Scientist Walks Into a Bar – Grad Student Edition. Alewerks Brewing Company: Williamsburg, VA.

Williams, B.L., Johnson, D.S. & Baron, K. 2017. Consumer control of salt marsh geomorphic processes. Benthic Ecology Meeting: Myrtle Beach, SC.

Johnson, D.S., Williams, B. Crowley, C., Sebillian, S., Longmire, K. & Nelson, J. 2017. Why do fiddler crabs follow Bergmann’s rule? Benthic Ecology Meeting: Myrtle Beach, SC.

Williams, B.L., & Johnson, D.S.. 2016. Can a crab build or break a marsh: the role of ecological interactions in salt marsh geomorphic processes. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Fall Meeting: Baltimore, MD.

Williams, Bethany L & Johnson, D.S. 2015. Melampus bidentatus as a model for the effects of climate change on salt marsh animal communities. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Fall Meeting: Portland, OR.

Williams, B.L., & Johnson, D.S. 2014. Melampus bidentatus as a model for the effects of climate change on salt marsh animal communities. New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS), Fall Meeting: Avery Point, CT.

COMMUNICATION/OUTREACH EXPERIENCE

2018                Presenter: Feeling crabby in the face of sea-level rise? A Scientist Walks Into a Bar – Grad Student Edition. VIMS Gradutate Student Association Professional Development Committee; Alewerks Brewing Company, Williamsburg, VA.

2017                Interview with Virginia Living Magazine, Yorktown, VA

2017                Speaker, New Explorations of Island Earth, Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA

2017                Lab Tour Guide, Blue Crab Bowl, VIMS

2016-2017       Virginia Scientist & Educators Alliance, VIMS & Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

2016                Advanced Science Communication Seminar, Virginia Sea Grant

2016                Research-Based Climate Change Communication Training, National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

2015                Research Assistant for Logan Science Journalism Fellowship, MBL

TEACHING/MENTORING EXPERIENCE

2015, 2017      NSF REU Mentor, MBL, Woods Hole, MA; VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA

2016-2017       Resident Science Fellow, Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, Glenns, VA

2011-2012       Science Student Teacher, 5th and 7th Grade, FSU, Tallahassee, FL

2011                Math and Science Tutor, Godby High School, Tallahassee, FL

AWARDS, HONORS, & GRANTS

2018-2019       National Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship………………………………………($61,500)

2017-2018       SunTrust Fellowship, VIMS………………………………………………($3900)

2016-2018       Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship………………………($80,000)

2016-2017       Student Research Grant, VIMS…………………………………………….($1744)

2016-2017       Kelly Watson Fellowship, VIMS………………………………………….($2000)

2016                Coastal Wetlands Scholarship, Garden Club of America………………….($5000)

2015                Student Travel Award, VIMS………………………………………………($500)

2014                Rankin Prize for Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation, NEERS

2014                Niering Travel Award, NEERS………………………………….…………($100)

2014                Campus Recreation Excellence Award, FSU……………………..………($1000)

2011-2015       21st Century Scholarship, FSU……………………………………………..($8000)

2011-2015       Florida Academic Scholar, Florida Bright Futures………………………..($9898)

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

2017                 Grant Reviewer, VIMS Graduate Student Association

2017                 Panelist, Surviving Grad School Lunch Series, VIMS Graduate Student Association

2016-2017       Social Coordinator, VIMS Graduate Student Association

2016-2017       Event Coordinator, VIMS Graduate Student Association

2016                Professional Development Committee, VIMS Graduate Student Association

2014-2015       Student Director of Intramurals, FSU Campus Recreation Student Leadership Council

2014-2015       Volleyball Committee Chair, FSU, Intramural Sports