Ernest Edward Williams

Ernest Edward Williams (January 7, 1914 – September 1, 1998) was an American herpetologist. He coined the term ecomorph based on his research on anoles.

Ernest Williams
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Ernest Edward Williams

(1914-01-07)January 7, 1914
Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedSeptember 1, 1998(1998-09-01) (aged 84)
Pennsylvania, United States
Alma materColumbia University
Scientific career
FieldsSystematics, Herpetology
InstitutionsHarvard University
ThesisVariation and selection in the cervical central articulations of living turtles (1950)
Doctoral advisorWilliam King Gregory
Doctoral studentsRobert Trivers[citation needed]
Judith Blake[1]

Taxa named in honor of Ernest E. WilliamsEdit

The following species are named in honor of Ernest E. Williams.[2]

Taxa described by Ernest E. WilliamsEdit


  1. ^ Blake, Judith Anne (1981). Chromosomal variation in the Jamaican lizard, Anolis grahami. (PhD thesis). Harvard University. OCLC 76978818.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Eew", p. 81; "Ernest", p. 85; "Williams, E.E.", p. 286; "Williams-Mittermeier", p. 287).


  • Gans C (2000). "Obituaries: Ernest Edward Williams 1914-1998". Herpetological Review 31 (1): 10-11.
  • Losos J, Crompton A, Liem KF (October 1, 2009). "Ernest Edward Williams". Retrieved from HARVARDgazette ([1]).
  • Rhodin AGJ, Miyata K (1983). Advances in Herpetology and Evolutionary Biology : Essays in Honor of Ernest E. Williams. ([2]).