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

The use of social media in volcano science communication: challenges and opportunities

Williams, R., & Krippner, J. (2019). The use of social media in volcano science communication: challenges and opportunities. Volcanica, 1(2), i-viii. https://doi.org/10.30909/vol.01.02.i-viii

Reconstructing the Anak Krakatau flank collapse that caused the December 2018 Indonesian tsunami

Williams, R., Rowley, P., & Garthwaite, M. C. (in press). Reconstructing the Anak Krakatau flank collapse that caused the December 2018 Indonesian tsunami. Geology, https://doi.org/10.1130/G46517.1

Explosive eruptive history of Pantelleria, Italy : repeated caldera collapse and ignimbrite emplacement at a peralkaline volcano

Jordan, N., Rotolo, S., Williams, R., Speranza, F., McIntosh, W., Branney, M. J., & Scaillet, S. (2018). Explosive eruptive history of Pantelleria, Italy : repeated caldera collapse and ignimbrite emplacement at a peralkaline volcano. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 349, 47-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.09.013

Non-Hawaiian lithostratigraphy of Louisville seamounts and the formation of high-latitude oceanic islands and guyots

Buchs, D. M., Williams, R., Sano, S., & Wright, V. P. (2018). Non-Hawaiian lithostratigraphy of Louisville seamounts and the formation of high-latitude oceanic islands and guyots. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 356, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.12.019

Investigation of variable aeration of monodisperse mixtures: implications for pyroclastic density currents

Smith, G. M., Williams, R., Rowley, P., & Parsons, D. R. (2018). Investigation of variable aeration of monodisperse mixtures: implications for pyroclastic density currents. Bulletin of volcanology, 80(8), https://doi.org/10.1007/s00445-018-1241-1

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