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Evelyn Webb Williams

Associate Researcher
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(847) 242-6443
Curriculum Vitae: 
Teaching and Research Affiliations: 
  • Adjunct Conservation Science Researcher - Chicago Botanic Garden, 2015-2018
  • Adjunct Faculty - Roosevelt University, Spring 2018
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chicago Botanic Garden, 2012-2014
  • Research Associate - The Field Museum, Chicago, 2011 - present
  • Adjunct Faculty - Lake Forest College, Fall 2012 and 2014
Research Interests: 
  • Intraspecific genetic diversity in a restoration context (with Andrea Kramer)
  • Phyloecology in a restoration context (with Dan Larkin)
  • Artocarpus (breadfruit and jackfruit) genetics (with Nyree Zerega)
  • Lepidospartum burgessii (broomsage, scalebroom) population genetics and conservation (with Jeremie Fant)
  • Botrychium s.s. (moonwort) fern systematics and population genetics
  • Rare plant ecology, conservation, and restoration

My research interests encompass a range of subjects including restoration ecology and genetics, population structure, rare plant conservation, and species concepts, with natural history a constant interest and hobby.

Selected Publications: 

Hipp A.L., M-C Glasenhardt, M.L. Bowles, M. Garner, B.C. Scharenbroch, E.W. Williams, et al. Accepted. Effects of phylogenetic diversity and phylogenetic identity in a restoration ecology experiment. In: R. Scherson, D.P. Faith, eds. Phylogeny-based Biodiversity Assessments for Conservation. Springer International.

Laricchia K.M., Johnson M.G., Ragone D., Williams E.W., Zerega N.J.C., Wickett N.J. 2018. A transcriptome screen for positive selection in domesticated breadfruit and its wild relatives (Artocarpus spp.). American Journal of Botany, 105: 915-926.

Seglias A.E., Williams E., Bilge A., Kramer A.T. 2018. Phylogeny and source climate impact seed dormancy and germination of restoration-relevant forb species. PLOS ONE, 13: e0191931.

Barak, R., E. W. Williams, A. Hipp, M. Bowles, G. Carr*, R. Sherman*, D. Larkin. 2018. Finding missing branches: Phylogenetic patterns of plant community diversity in restored and remnant tallgrass prairies. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Williams, E.W., R. Harris III*, E. Gardner, A. Chaveerach, J. Pereira, N. Zerega. 2017. Out of Borneo: Biogeography, phylogeny, and divergence date estimates of Artocarpus (Moraceae). Annals of Botany doi: 10.1093/aob/mcw249.

Williams, E.W., R. Cheung, C. Siegel, J. Fant, K. Havens, M. Howard. 2016. Narrowly endemic does not mean depauperate: population genetics of the gypsophile Lepidospartum burgessii (Asteraceae). Conservation Genetics 17:1201-1211.

Williams, E.W., D.R. Farrar, and D. Henson. 2016. Cryptic species and confusing morphological variation in the Botrychium matricariifolium (Ophioglossaceae) complex. American Journal of Botany103:740-753.

Hipp, A., D. Larkin, et al., E. Williams. 2015. Phylogeny in the service of ecological restoration. American Journal of Botany 102:5, 1-2.

Williams, E.W. and D. M. Waller. 2015. Tracking morphological change and demographic dynamics in ephemeral Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae) populations. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 142, 152-165.

Gardner, E.M., K.M. Laricchia, M. Murphy, D. Ragone, B.E. Scheffler, S. Simpson, E.W. Williams, N.J.C. Zerega. 2015. Chloroplast microsatellite markers for Artocarpus (Moraceae) developed from transcriptome sequences. Applications in Plant Sciences 3:1500049.

Hipp, A., D. Larkin, et al., E. Williams. 2015. Phylogeny in the service of ecological restoration. American Journal of Botany 102:5, 1-2.

Williams, E.W. and D. M. Waller. 2015. Tracking morphological change and demographic dynamics in ephemeral Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae) populations. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 142, 152-165.

Williams, E.W. and D. M. Waller. 2012. Phylogenetic placement of species within the genus Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae) based on plastid sequences, AFLPs, and flow cytometry. International Journal of Plant Sciences 173:5 516-531.

Camill, P., A. Barry, E. Williams, et al. 2009. Climate-vegetation-fire interactions and their impact on long-term carbon dynamics in a boreal peatland landscape in northern Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 114: Art. No. G04017.

Waller, D., S. Johnson, R. Collins, E. Williams. 2009. Threats posed by ungulate herbivory to forest structure and plant diversity in the Upper Great Lakes Region and a review of methods to assess those threats. Prepared for the Upper Great Lakes NPS 'Vital Signs' program.