Professor Park Williams awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Jason Pang

UCLA Professor Park Williams, who studies the causes and consequences of drought and other hydrological extremes, was announced today as a recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

An acclaimed hydroclimatologist, Williams is a professor in UCLA’s geography department and holds a joint appointment in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. He is part of a multi-institutional team developing a wildfire and ecosystem model for the Western U.S., a project that will allow researchers to run simulations to predict how climate change is expected to continue impacting fire and vegetation ecosystems. This includes showing that human-caused climate change contributed substantially to the ongoing megadrought in southwestern North America.

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