Professor Steve Williams


Professor Steve Williams is a Professor at James Cook University’s Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change (CTBCC). He received his doctorate in 1998 from JCU and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from 1997-1999 in the Rainforest CRC. His research was the first to identify global climate change as a severe threatening process in the tropics and to predict the possibility of species extinctions in mountain systems around the world.

Professor Williams has broad research interests in rainforest biodiversity, ecology, ecosystem processes and the related impacts of climate change. His research covers the Wet Tropics region in North Queensland and has recently expanded to include tropical savanna woodlands and the rainforests of Cape York and mid-east Queensland. Professor Williams’ research outcomes have been incorporated into the Wet Tropics Conservation Strategy, Qld Climate Change Policy, National Biodiversity & Climate Change Action Plan, State of the Worlds Birds and IUCN Climate Change reports.