Rebecca has a natural science degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment, where she had close encounters with escaped boars and poison sumac.
Before getting into radio, Rebecca snapped photos of Mongolian diatoms and published a few papers in obscure scientific journals. Now she spends her days reporting on everything from hungry watersnakes to heritage turkeys to people who live in 300 square foot houses.
She’s won several national awards for her work including a first place National Headliner Award at the network level for her stories on the uber-destructive emerald ash borer.
Contributions from Rebecca Williams
- PFAS: What are the possible health risks?
This week, we’re looking at PFAS chemicals: they're industrial chemicals that have contaminated water sources around the state. PFAS chemicals are used to make a lot of products stain and water r …
- Tiny stickers help scientists learn about monarch butterfly migration
The monarch butterflies that are emerging right now in Michigan have a long trip ahead of them.
- Why house sparrows can eat starch: the evolution of city wildlife
The creatures that live with us in cities – things like spiders, owls, lizards and mice – are evolving over time. A new set of studies in a special issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Societ …
- The most common exotic pets are also the most likely to get released into the wild
Researchers have found that some of the most common reptiles and amphibians that people own as pets are also the most likely to be released into the wild.
- Health experts say kids are more vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather events
Public health experts want us to pay more attention to the effects of climate change on kids.