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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 has worked with numerous taxa in North and Central America, including songbirds, seabirds, wading birds, shorebirds, saltwater fishes, and mammals. Her graduate work focused on wading bird populations in the Florida Everglades. As the head of BRI’s Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program, Kate oversees wide-ranging projects focused on renewable energy development and wildlife, with a particular focus on offshore wind energy studies conducted in coordination with state and federal agencies, academics, and other nonprofits. She obtains funding, designs and manages projects, analyzes data, authors technical reports and publications, delivers public presentations at scientific and technical conferences, provides technical support for a range of stakeholder and policy initiatives, and works closely with a variety of collaborators at BRI and other organizations.

Her current projects include providing technical expertise to the New York State Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) and developing guidance for implementing automated VHF telemetry studies at offshore wind energy projects. Kate also led the Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project, funded by the Department of Energy (2011-2015), and 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).


  • 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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