Sara Williams

Research Technician



Sara is a Research Technician in the Patterson Lab at Northeastern University. She is from Richmond, VA and graduated from the College of William and Mary with an Honors degree in Physics and a minor in Biology in January 2014.

Sara grew up exploring the James River with her family, which sparked a desire to learn more about marine environments. She started SCUBA diving at the age of 15 and is now an active PADI Dive Master for her local dive shop and an AAUS scientific diver. She has worked in many areas of research during her college education from spending time in a microbiology lab to working with underwater robotics.

In the Spring of 2013, she completed her honors thesis work with Dr. Mark Patterson on measuring the mixing time of the coral gastrovascular system. Sara is also working with Dr. Erinn Muller from Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, FL, on the spatial epidemiology of Caribbean yellow band disease on two species of reef building coral around St. Croix, USVI.

As a Research Technician, Sara gets to explore her interests in combining physics and biology to better understand the marine environment by working with marine robots, oxygen and pH micro-sensors used in corals, and by participating in other biomechanics research happening in the Patterson Lab.

Sara plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Science with a concentration in marine biomechanics and coral reef ecology.