Rebecca Williams | Reporter/Producer – The Environment Report

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

  • Building a better Lyme disease test?
    Experts tell us it’s important to treat Lyme disease early, and state officials say Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Michigan. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control a …
  • Scientists find holes in armor of major honey bee pest
    Varroa mites are considered the worst pest of honey bees worldwide. The mites suck blood from the bees and transmit viruses to them. Researchers have identified six genes in the mites that could be us …
  • Trying to trap invasive sea lamprey with "eel ladders"
    The sea lamprey is an invasive fish with a round mouth like a suction cup. It latches onto big fish like lake trout and salmon, drills its razor sharp tongue into them, and gets fat drinking their blo …
  • Have you seen these beetles?
    Officials want you to help them look for a tree killer. It’s called the Asian longhorned beetle . It has a shiny black body with white spots, really long antennae, and sometimes, blue feet. It’s not i …
  • Study: Bacteria can grow in faucet water filters
    Water filters that you attach to your faucet are known to be good for filtering out heavy metals like lead and disinfectants like chlorine. But they’re not designed to filter out bacteria that can gro …