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Kate Williams, M.S.

Kate Williams, M.S.

Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director

Phone: 207-839-7600 x108

Kate Williams graduated from Tufts University with bachelor’s degrees in biology and environmental studies. She has a master’s degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida, where she studied wading birds in the Florida Everglades. She has also conducted field work on numerous taxa in North and Central America, including songbirds, seabirds, wading birds, shorebirds, saltwater fishes, and mammals. As the head of BRI’s Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program, she obtains funding, designs and manages projects, analyzes data, authors technical reports and publications, delivers public presentations at scientific and technical conferences, and works closely with a variety of collaborators at BRI and other organizations.

Her recent projects have included the New York Wildlife and Marine Wind Energy Project, funded by NYSERDA (2012-2014); BRI’s Wildlife Science and Marine Wind Energy Initiative (2011-2012); the Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project, funded by the Department of Energy (2011-2015); the Maryland Extension to the Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project, funded by the Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (2013-2015); Characterizing bird and bat migration in the Thousand Islands region of New York State, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2011-2012); and Evaluating the importance of near shore sites and Maine coastal islands to migratory owls and falcons (2010-2013).


  • M.S., University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, 2007
  • B.A., Tufts University, Biology and Environmental Studies, 2004

Research Interests

  • Understanding the effects of anthropogenic stressors on wildlife
  • Understanding avian migratory patterns and trends

Journal Articles


BRI Scientific Communications


Research Reports

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