Dr Rebecca Williams

Dr Rebecca Williams

Senior Lecturer; Associate Dean for Student Experience

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Summary

Rebecca is a volcanologist and igneous geologist. Her research aims to understand the processes occurring in hazardous volcanic flows in order to better inform hazard assessments.

She has an interdisciplinary approach to research, which integrates many techniques such as terrestrial and marine field work, tephrochronology, geochemical analyses and computer modelling, used to understand complex geological problems.

Rebecca is a dedicated science communicator, appearing on national radio and international news.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

A UK perspective on tackling the geoscience racial diversity crisis in the Global North

Barclay, J., Dowey, N., Fernando, B., Giles, S., Houghton, J., Jackson, C., …Williams, R. (in press). A UK perspective on tackling the geoscience racial diversity crisis in the Global North. Nature Geoscience, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00737-w

Knickpoints and crescentic bedform interactions in submarine channels

Chen, Y., Parsons, D. R., Simmons, S. M., Williams, R., Cartigny, M. J. B., Hughes Clarke, J. E., …Vendettuoli, D. (2021). Knickpoints and crescentic bedform interactions in submarine channels. Sedimentology, 68(4), 1358-1377. https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12886

Volcanological evolution of Pantelleria Island (Strait of Sicily) peralkaline volcano: a review

Jordan, N. J., White, J. C., Williams, R., Speranza, F., Rotolo, S. G., & Scaillet, S. (in press). Volcanological evolution of Pantelleria Island (Strait of Sicily) peralkaline volcano: a review. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 353(S2), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.5802/CRGEOS.51

The role of lithospheric thickness in the formation of ocean islands and seamounts: contrasts between the Louisville and Emperor-Hawaiian hotspot trails

Fitton, J. G., Williams, R., Barry, T. L., & Saunders, A. D. (2020). The role of lithospheric thickness in the formation of ocean islands and seamounts: contrasts between the Louisville and Emperor-Hawaiian hotspot trails. Journal of Petrology, 61(11-12), https://doi.org/10.1093/petrology/egaa111

A bedform phase diagram for dense granular currents

Smith, G., Rowley, P., Williams, R., Giordano, G., Trolese, M., Silleni, A., …Capon, S. (2020). A bedform phase diagram for dense granular currents. Nature communications, 11(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16657-z

Postgraduate supervision

Rebecca welcomes PhD applications in volcanic flows, igneous petrology, modelling volcanic processes, volcanic stratigraphy (including tephrostratigraphy) and historical/social/cultural volcanology.

Completed PhDs

Jordan N, 2015, Eruptive History of the Peralkaline Caldera Volcano at Pantelleria, Italy, University of Leicester.

Awards and prizes

British Science Assoication Charles Lyell Award

2017 - 2017