Support NRES

Club Activities and Events

club involvement GET INVOLVED!
Check out CLUB events...

Preparing passionate leaders driving change in sustainability and stewardship of the environment.

  —Our Mission

Dr. Nick Williams

Dr. WilliamsDr. Nick Williams

Phone: (805) 756-5016
Office: 181-315

Google Scholar



Office Hours Listings



Dr. Williams' Areas of Focus

Socio-ecological Systems · Rural Development · Political Ecology · Climate Change Adaptation · Agro-biodiversity Conservation

About Dr. Nick Williams

Nick is an environmental anthropologist who integrates qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine the ways in which sociopolitical, economic, and ecological changes influence human-environmental relationships, with a particular interest in food systems. He has applied this research approach in collaborations with researchers and policymakers in Latin America and South Asia, project-based teaching, and experiential learning programs in southwest Africa and the Caribbean. Nick received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was formerly an assistant teaching professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. At Cal Poly, Nick draws on his research and student mentoring experiences to teach courses that introduce students to the dynamics of socio-ecological systems and help them to better understand issues relating to sustainable development and natural resource management.

Selected Publications

Carrico, Amanda R., Heather B. Truelove, Nicholas E. Williams. 2019. Social capital and resilience to drought among smallholding farmers. Climatic Change 115(2):195-213.

Williams, Nicholas E. and Daniel B. Kramer. 2019. Agricultural biodiversity maintenance in a coastal socio-ecological system. Human Ecology 47(1): 111-120.

Burchfield, Emily, Nicholas E. Williams, and Amanda R. Carrico. 2018. Assessing the expansion of a traditional drought adaptation strategy among rice farmers in Sri Lanka's Dry Zone. Regional Environmental Change 18(8): 2495-2503.

Williams, Nicholas E., Amanda R. Carrico, Indika Edirisinghe, and P.A. Jayamini Champika. 2018. Assessing the impacts of agrobiodiversity maintenance on food security among farming households in Sri Lanka's dry zone. Economic Botany 72(2): 196-206.

Kramer, Daniel B., Kara Stevens, Nicholas E. Williams, Seeta A. Sistla, Adam B. Roddy, and Gerald Urquhart. 2017. Livelihood transitions between land and sea in a region undergoing rapid globalization. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186683.

Williams, Nicholas E. and Amanda R. Carrico. 2017. Examining adaptations to water stress among farming households in Sri Lanka's Dry Zone. Ambio 46(5): 532-542.

Sistla, Seeta A., Adam B. Roddy, Nicholas E. Williams, Daniel B. Kramer, Kara Stevens, and Steven D. Allison. 2016. Agroforestry practices promote biodiversity and natural resource diversity in Atlantic Nicaragua. PLoS One 11(9): e0162529.

Williams, Nicholas E. 2016. The political ecology of ‘ethnic’ agricultural biodiversity maintenance in Atlantic Nicaragua. Journal of Political Ecology 23: 223-245.

back to top

Related Content

Support NRES

  • club activities

    Focused on students
    NRES provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

  • SURP Students


    Hands On Learning
    NRES students from all majors get hands on experience.


support NRES

How You can Help

Advising & Forms

cap and tasselStudents have access to CAFES Academic Advisors as well as faculty in their major.


More on Advising


Office Hours

clockOpen: M - F 8am - 5pm
Closed: 12pm-1pm for lunch
Location: 180-209


Contact NRES