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
- Why we get into conflicts with smart animals
If you’ve ever tried to keep a raccoon out of your trash can, you know they’re smart. At my house, it takes a brick on top of the trash can and a bungee cord on top of the lid to keep the raccoons out …
- Americans warm up (a little) to price tag on carbon
A lot of economists like the idea of putting a price on the use of fossil fuels, as a way to tackle climate change. But it’s been a hard sell politically. A new report on this topic is out from the Na …
- A double whammy for heat islands: fewer trees in cities and more paved surfaces
The amount of tree cover in our cities is dropping, and we have more paved surfaces. Those are the main findings from a national study by the U.S. Forest Service.
- How to help a turtle cross the road
This time of year, it’s good to keep an eye out for turtles that might be slowly crossing the road. Lori Sargent is a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “They’re on …
- Asian carp managers issue action plan for 2018
The Asian carp action plan for this year is out. It's the plan U.S. and Canadian agencies put together to try to stop carp from spreading. Charlie Wooley is the deputy regional director for the U …