I’m a volcanologist who takes an interdisciplinary approach to
solving geological problems. My research integrates many techniques
such as field work, geochemical analyses and computer modelling to
understand complex problems ranging from the 3D architecture of
volcaniclastics, to understanding magmatic processes through
geochemistry, to evaluating the risk faced by communities from
hazardous volcanic flows. I teach on a variety of geography and
geology modules, through the entirety of our degree programmes. I
enjoy being able to do research-based teaching, in the lecture
theatre, the practical lab, or my favourite place, the field.
I did my PhD in pyroclastic density currents at the University
of Leicester, finishing in 2010. I then stayed on in the role of
Teaching Fellow until February 2013. During this time, I also
sailed on IODP Expedition 330 to the Louisville Seamounts and was
awarded a NERC post-doctoral position in igneous petrology. I
joined Hull in February 2013.
I serve as the Deputy Learning and Teaching Director. I’m the
programme lead for the BSc Geology and BSc Geology with Physical
Geography degree programmes and represent the department on
University Geoscience UK. I am a fellow of the Higher Education
Academy. I teach on a variety of modules related to the
Geosciences. I currently teach on:
- 16681: Exploring Worlds Around Us (New for 2016)
- 16682: Interpreting Environments (New for 2016)
- 16123: Geoscience (3D Earth: Geological Maps and Structures
- 16199: Sedimentary Basins and Structural Analysis
- 16285: Magmatic and Metamorphic Rocks
- 16272: Geohazards
- 16206: Field Study (Tenerife)
- 16369: Volcanoes and their Hazards
I am a volcanologist and igneous geologist. My research aims to
understand the processes occurring in hazardous volcanic flows in
order to better inform hazard assessments. I have 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. I am also interested in
understanding the mantle source of magma and participate on
International Ocean Drilling Program expeditions, the longest
running and most successful international collaboration among the
Earth Sciences. I lead the Catastrophic Flows Research Cluster and
am a member of the Hull Geochemistry and Geobiology (HuGG) and
Modelling Environmental Systems Research Groups.
Current projects include:
- Quantifying the sedimentation of ignimbrites
- Lahars as landscape modifiers
- The development of co-volcanic societies
- Assessing the mantle plume component of the Louisville Seamount
Chain, SW Pacific Ocean
- Emplacement of radial pyroclastic density currents over
irregular topography: the chemically-zoned, low aspect-ratio Green
Tuff Ignimbrite, Pantelleria, Italy
Fitton, J.G., Williams, R., Barry, T.L., Saunders, A.D.,
(Submitted). The origin of magmas in the Louisville and Emperor
seamounts. Journal of Petrology.
Dyer, S., Walkington, H., Williams, R., Morse, S., Moreton, K.,
(submitted). Shifting landscapes: from coalface to quicksand?
Teaching Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in UK Higher
Tejada, M.L.G., Hanyu, T., Ishikawa, A., Senda, R., Suzuki, K.,
Fitton, J.G., Williams, R., 2015. Re-Os isotope and platinum group
elements of a FOcal ZOne mantle source, Louisville Seamounts Chain,
Pacific ocean. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16,
Williams, R, Branney, M.J., Barry, T.L., (2014). Temporal and
spatial evolution of a waxing then waning catastrophic density
current revealed by chemical mapping. Geology, 42, 2,
Anthony A. P. Koppers, Toshitsugu Yamazaki, Jörg Geldmacher,
Jeffrey S. Gee, Nicola Pressling, Hiroyuki Hoshi, L. Anderson, C.
Beier, D. M. Buchs, L-H. Chen, B. E. Cohen, F. Deschamps, M. J.
Dorais, D. Ebuna, S. Ehmann, J. G. Fitton, P. M. Fulton, E. Ganbat,
C. Hamelin, T. Hanyu, L. Kalnins, J. Kell, S. Machida, J. J.
Mahoney, K. Moriya, A. R. L. Nichols, S. Rausch, S-i. Sano, J. B.
Sylvan & R. Williams, 2012. Limited latitudinal mantle plume
motion for the Louisville hotspot. Nature Geoscience 5,
Koppers, A.A.P., Yamazaki, T., Geldmacher, J., and the
Expedition 330 Scientists, 2012. Proceedings IODP, 330:
Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International,
Fitton, J.G.; Williams, R.; Anderson, L.; Kalnins, L.;
Pressling, N.; (2011). Expedition 330: The Louisville Seamount
Chain. UKIODP Newsletter 36, August 2011. Williams, R., Stinton,
A.J., Sheridan, M.F., 2008. Evaluation of the Titan2D Two-Phase
Flow Model Using an Actual Event: Case study of the 2005 Vazcún
Valley Lahar. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal
Research. 177(4): 760-766.