Collin Williams

Master's Students

Research Interests

Collin was raised far upstream in Nashville, Tennessee. A fascination with aquatic life led him to major in both Biology and Marine Science at the University of Alabama. He got his start in research working with stable-isotopes in the skeletons of marine organisms. Collin continued on to study for a semester at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, where he was given the opportunity to leave school and complete an independent research project. Upon returning to his university, Collin was employed by the Geological Survey of Alabama’s Ecosystem Investigations Program. Later, he was awarded funding through Oregon Sea Grant to complete work at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve(SSNERR). Here, Collin collaborated with government biologists to study changes in fish distributions and the growing population of an invasive crab species. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in 2016, Collin lived aboard commercial fishing boats in Alaska collecting biological data for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

As a Master’s student in the Reef Ecology Lab, Collin intends to focus on areas of study that may be of importance to the establishment of fisheries regulations in Saudi Arabia. He is interested in using tagging studies and otolith chemistry to better understand the life histories and movements of commercially important fish species.​