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
- Healthier diets can mean more wasted food
In the U.S., we waste about a pound of food per person per day. The things we throw away the most often? Fruits and vegetables. Lisa Jahns is a research nutritionist with the USDA’s Agricultural Resea …
- Retired DEQ staffer: "Politics have become a much bigger part of what's driving the DEQ."
In Michigan, we have laws in place that give the state the power to essentially rope off polluted areas instead of cleaning them up. Instead, those laws tell the public: don’t drink the water or build …
- In 1994, Michigan OK’d partial pollution cleanups. Now we have 2,000 contaminated sites.
At more than 1,600 sites across the state of Michigan, you can’t drink the groundwater. Well, you could, but it wouldn’t be safe or legal.
- Forecasting spring migration to help birds avoid collisions
People who study birds are now using radar to make maps that can forecast migration at night. They say these maps could help by reducing the number of birds that collide with buildings and wind turbin …
- A chemical mystery in the Great Lakes
Polychlorinated biphenyls are toxic chemicals that were widely used in industry until they were banned in the 1970s. PCBs can build up in fish. A new study finds that levels of PCBs are declining in t …