William G. McDowell

Academic Title

  • Assistant Professor, Biology

Administrative Support

My research focuses on understanding the impacts of global change on all ecological levels — populations, communities and ecosystems. My current research projects include the impacts of earlier ice-out dates on New England lakes, the response of scallop populations to small-scale fishery closures and identifying sources of pharmaceutical and personal-care products in aquatic ecosystems.

  • Ph.D. Ecology University of Georgia
  • B.A. Biology Williams College
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Data Analysis
  • Global Change
  • Invasive Species
  • (BIO 1028) Principles of Biology II
  • (BIO 2010) Ecology
  • (BIO 3071) Conservation and Restoration Biolog

Burks, R. L., J. Bernatis, J. E. Byers, J. Carter, C. W. Martin, W.G. McDowell and J. van Dyke. (2017).  Identity, reproductive potential, distribution ecology and management of invasive Pomacea maculata in the southern United States. Pages 293 – 334 in  R. C. Joshi R. C., R. H. Cowie, and L. S. Sebastian (eds). Biology and management of invasive apple snails. Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. 

McDowell, W., McDowell, W. and Byers, J. (2016). “Mass Mortality of a Dominant Invasive Species in Response to an Extreme Climate Event: Implications for Ecosystem Function.” Limnology and Oceanography, 62(1), pp.177-188.

McDowell, W., Benson, A. and Byers, J. (2014). “Climate Controls the Distribution of a Widespread Invasive Species: Implications for Future Range Expansion.: Freshwater Biology, 59(4), pp.847-857. Byers, J., McDowell, W., Dodd, S., Haynie, R., Pintor, L. and Wilde, S. (2013). “Climate and pH Predict the Potential Range of the Invasive Apple Snail (Pomacea insularum) in the Southeastern United States.” PLoS ONE, 8(2), p.e56812.