Mark Williams

Mark Williams CV

Fellow of INSTAAR

  • Professor of Geography



  • PhD: University of California at Santa Barbara, 1991

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-8830
(Fax) 303 492-6388
1560 30th Street, rm 207, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 80303


Mountain hydrology and biogeochemistry, surface-groundwater interactions, acid mine drainage, glacial hydrology, snow hydrology.


Dr. Mark Williams, Fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor of Geography, received his PhD in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in ecology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991.

His research interest is the ecology of mountain areas, looking at the interaction of organisms with their environment, focusing on classical environmental variables such as soil, rocks, and minerals as well as surrounding water sources and the local atmosphere. Mark has current or past research activities in many of the mountain ranges throughout the world, including the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada of California, the Tien Shan and Qilian Shan, China, Andes of South America, European Alps, and the Himalayas.

Mark is on the core faculty of Environmental Studies. He is also on the faculty of the Hydrology Program in Geography and his classes can be used to satisfy the Hydrology Certification Program in Geography. Mark is the PI of the Niwot Ridge LTER program and a co-I on the research project Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice & Snow (CHARIS).

He is a Fulbright Scholar and was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2012.

See more about Mark's research, courses, and students on his web site,


  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, American Geophysical Union, 2012
  • Scientist who provides the most help to Federal land use managers, National Park Service, Intermountain West Division, 2006
  • Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Foundation, 1999
  • Denali Recent Accomplishment Award, AAG Mountain Geography Speciality Group , 2008