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

Earth Scientist who takes an interdisciplinary approach to volcano research. Rebecca's research focusses on volcano-stratigraphy and hazardous volcanic flows (pyroclastic density currents and lahars), social-historical volcanology, and the communication of volcano science. All this drives towards understanding how communities may be affected by volcanic eruptions past, present and future.

An expert on equality, diversity and inclusivity in curriculum design. Rebecca's research in this area seeks to understand the links between the colonial legacy of Earth Science, the pedagogy of our discipline and inequities in the access, retention and success of diverse student cohorts. Rebecca's practice in this arena seeks to effect positive change in Higher Education, with a particular focus on the Earth Sciences across the sector, and across disciplines and faculties within University of Hull.

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

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 is the PI of the Catastrophic Flows Research Cluster. Rebecca welcomes PhD applications in volcanic flows, igneous petrology, modelling volcanic processes, volcanic stratigraphy (including tephrostratigraphy) and historical/social/cultural volcanology. Also on the history of Earth Science, and EDI in Earth Science.

Completed PhDs

Smith, G, 2021. Propagation of aerated pyroclastic density current analogues: flow behaviour and the formation of bedforms and deposits. University of Hull.

Scarlett, J, 2020. Coexisting with volcanoes : the relationships between La Soufrière and the society of St. Vincent, Lesser Antilles. University of Hull.

Jordan N, 2015. Pre-Green Tuff explosive eruptive history, petrogenesis and proximal-distal tephra correlations of a peralkaline caldera volcano, Pantelleria, Italy. University of Leicester.

Awards and prizes

British Science Assoication Charles Lyell Award

2017 - 2017