Shawna Williams

Shawna Williams

Shawna joined The Scientist in 2017 and is now a senior editor. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate and science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, she worked as a freelance editor and writer, and in the communications offices of several academic research institutions. Shawna oversees The Scientist's social media channels and edits the Modus OperandiLiterature, and Foundations sections of the magazine.

Articles by Shawna Williams
Field Research Sites Damaged as Fires Ravage West Coast
Field Research Sites Damaged as Fires Ravage West Coast
Shawna Williams | Sep 11, 2020
Flames and smoke have killed dozens of people over the past month and burned hundreds of thousands of acres, causing massive disruptions.
The Peopling of South America
The Peopling of South America
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
While questions still outnumber answers, new findings from archaeology, genetics, and other disciplines are revealing surprising insights into the early cultures of the most recently populated continent.
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
The analysis adds new details to the picture of migration and mixing in a diverse country.
Infographic: South America’s Early Prehistory
Infographic: South America’s Early Prehistory
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
Genetics and archaeology yield clues as to when humans first arrived on the continent and how these early settlers lived.
Marine Biologist John Pearse Dies
Marine Biologist John Pearse Dies
Shawna Williams | Aug 18, 2020
The retired University of California, Santa Cruz, professor was known for his work on invertebrate reproduction, kelp ecology, and Antarctic marine life.
Cold-Causing Coronaviruses Don’t Seem to Confer Lasting Immunity
Cold-Causing Coronaviruses Don’t Seem to Confer Lasting Immunity
Shawna Williams | Aug 18, 2020
Studies on SARS-CoV-2’s milder cousins hint that our immune systems are quick to forget the viruses, but it’s unclear whether the same is true for the agent that causes COVID-19.
Doctors Forge Ahead with Plasma for COVID-19, Benefits Uncertain
Doctors Forge Ahead with Plasma for COVID-19, Benefits Uncertain
Shawna Williams | Aug 14, 2020
Researchers say the popularity of convalescent plasma makes it more difficult to gather high-quality data on its efficacy.
Study: Test College Students for Coronavirus Every Two Days
Study: Test College Students for Coronavirus Every Two Days
Shawna Williams | Aug 4, 2020
A model scenario concludes that frequent testing with fast turnaround is key to avoiding campus outbreaks of COVID-19, even if the tests are imperfect.
Microbial Signatures in Blood Are Associated with Various Cancers
Microbial Signatures in Blood Are Associated with Various Cancers
Shawna Williams | Jul 13, 2020
A study suggests the potential for a noninvasive diagnostic that could detect tumors early and differentiate between disease types.
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
Shawna Williams | Jul 13, 2020
An isotopic analysis of eggshell beads dating back more than 30,000 years indicates that they helped build networks that stretched for hundreds of kilometers.