Susan Williams Photo
Caption: Professor Susan Williams. Photo courtesy of the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.

Professor Susan Williams was a distinguished researcher, engaged activist and science communicator, outstanding educator, and aquanaut passionate about ocean health. Her illustrious career included a faculty appointment in Biology at San Diego State University prior to arriving at the University of California Davis, where she served for 10 years as director of the Bodega Marine Laboratory and a distinguished professor in Evolution and Ecology for an additional eight years before her tragic death in a traffic collision in April 2018.

How to summarize a life’s impact?

The pages herein provide one exploration of Professor Williams’ impact on the marine ecology community by applying text mining, natural language processing, and network theory to her words themselves as expressed in her publication record. Click here for Williams’ research article citation library used herein. This provides one, albeit narrow, avenue toward summarizing her impact, and we encourage you to learn more about her life’s work.


Many thanks to the UC Davis Data Science Initiative and Digital Scholarship Lab for their assistance with this project, specifically undergraduates Chandni Nagda and Jean Zhuge (text mining and topic modeling), postdoc Jane Carlen (coauthor network), data scientist Arthur Koehl, and Professor of English Carl Stahmer. Additional thanks to Drs. Cascade Sorte and Matt Bracken for providing mentorship relationships and additional publication references.

Questions and feedback can be directed to Pamela Reynolds.

Created at the UC Davis Data Science Initiative