Faculty Profile for Dr. Paula S Williamson

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Dr. Paula S Williamson
University Distinguished Professor — Biology
University Distinguished Professor — College of Science & Engineering
SUPP 342
phone: (512) 245-3312

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Williamson, P. S., Berresford, P., Fehlberg, S. D., M. Terry, Strong, A. W., McKinney, J., & Ermakova, A. O. (2022). Occurrence and phylogeny of the endangered Texas endemic Echinocereus fitchii subsp. albertii. Bradleya, 40, 27–48.
  • Berresford, P., Williamson, P. S., McKinney, J., Best, C., & Terry, M. (2022). Case studies of building collaborative partnerships for conservation of endangered and threatened cacti in Texas. Bradleya, Special, 17–32.
  • Waliczek, T. M., Parsley, K. M., Williamson, P. S., & Oxley, F. M. (2018). HortTechnology, 548–556.
  • Ferrazzano, S., & Williamson, P. S. (2013). Benefits of mycorrhizal inoculation in reintroduction of  endangered plant species under drought conditions. Journal of Arid Environments, 98, 123–125.
  • Ferguson, A. W., Strauss, R. E., Strong, A. W., Birnbaum, S. J., Poole, J. M., Janssen, G. K., & Williamson, P. S. (2013). Assessing regional differences in predation of endangered species:  Implications from Texas populations of the endangered star cactus (Astrophytum asterias). Journal of Arid Environments, 97, 143–149.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Achievement Award, Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education in the Southern Region, Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. 2017
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Texas State Excellence in Diversity Nominee, Texas State University. 2010
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Southwestern Association of Naturalists Meritorious Service Award, Southwestern Association of Naturalists. 2009
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University. 2005
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Southwest Texas State University. 1994

Selected Grants

  • Williamson, Paula S (Principal), Cavitt, Mary E (Co-Principal), Bolch, Kambra K (Co-Principal), Weimer, Nicholas E (Co-Principal), Booth, Chad (Co-Principal). GENERACIÓN STEM: Promoting Hispanic and Low-Income Student Success through Individualized Support, Transfer Navigation, and STEM Career Preparation, U.S. Department of Education, Federal, $2949842. (Funded: October 2021 - August 2024). Grant.
  • Williamson, Paula S. Black lace cactus demographics, genetics and landowner conservation outreach project, USFWS/TPWD, Federal, $124974. (Funded: 2015 - 2019). Grant.
  • Hardy, Thomas (Principal), Nowlin, Weston Hugh (Co-Principal), Williamson, Paula S (Co-Principal). Effects of suspended sediments on Texas wild rice, other macrophytes, and macroinvertebrates, Edwards Aquifer Authority (Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan), Federal, $75000. (Funded: 2015 - 2016). Grant.
  • Williamson, Paula S. Data synthesis and species assessments to aid in determining future candidate or listed status for plants from the USFWS lawsuit and settlements, USFWS/TPWD Section 6, Endangered Species Grant, Federal, $127478. (Funded: 2012 - 2015). Grant.
  • Williamson, Paula S. The Research and Recovery of Star Cactus (Astrophytum asterias), USFWS/TPWD Section 6, Endangered Species Grant, Federal, $345147. (Funded: 2004 - 2008). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Faculty Development Advisory Committee
Alpha Chi National Honor Society
Diversity and Gender Studies Advisory Committee
University Performing Arts Committee
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Leavenworthia texana Species Status Assessment working group