Professor Emeritus of Geography • Fellow of INSTAAR


Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Biological Sciences, University of California Santa Barbara, 1991, 1987, 1985

Regional and Thematic Interests



Dr. Mark Williams, Fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor of Geography, at the University of Colorado, received his Ph.D in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in ecology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991. He is also on the core faculty of Environmental Studies. His research interest is the ecology of mountain areas, looking at the interaction of organisms with their environment, focusing on classical environmental variables such as soil, rocks, and minerals as well as surrounding water sources and the local atmosphere. Mark has current or past research activities in many of the mountain ranges throughout the world, including the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada of California, the Tien Shan and Qilian Shan, China, Andes of South America, European Alps, and the Himalayas. Mark is on the faculty of the Hydrology Program in Geography and his classes can be used to satisfy the Hydrology Certification Program in Geography. Mark is the PI of the Niwot Ridge LTER program and a co-I on the research project: Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice & Snow (CHARIS). He is a Fulbright Scholar and was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2012.