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 Jack Williams

Jack Williams

Research Associate in Structural Geology

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 4336
Room 2.23C, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
  • Fault zones
  • Seismotectonics
  • Rifting
  • Microstructure
  • Seismic hazard
  • Research Associate in Structural Geology - School of Earth and Ocean Sciences - Cardiff University (2018-present)
  • Assistant Research Fellow - Department of Geology - University of Otago (2017)
  • PhD -Department of Geology - University of Otago (2013-2017)
  • MESci (Geology) - School of Environmental Sciences - University of Liverpool (2009-2013)

Honours and awards

  • President's Award, The Geological Society of London (2018)
  • Runner-up Poster Presentation, Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference (2016)
  • Wellman Research Award, Geoscience Society of New Zealand (2015)
  • Sir Henry Wade Deacon Attainment Scholarship, University of Liverpool (2009-2013)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Geosciences Union






For the academic year 2019-2020, I have a wide portfolio of teaching. I am leading undergraduate modules in engineering geology and geological mapping. In these modules, content is delivered as a combination of lectures, practicals (computer and laboratory), and day field trips. At MSc level, I teach aspects of the Applied Environmental Geology course, with a particular focus on soil mechanics.

In addition, I contribute to teaching 2nd and 3rd year structural geology classes, where I incorporate elements from my own research. I also attend the residential field trip to Arran, where students learn to construct deformation histories and interpret sedimentary sequences.

My research delves me into the world of active faulting in Malawi. Where are the faults? What are the mechanics of its 100 km long and 30 km deep rift-bounding normal faults that allows them to localise strain over geological time?? And more pertinently, what kind of seismic hazard do these faults present? Do they rupture in frequent moderate-sized earthquakes or rare large earthquakes?

This multidisciplinary study will combine the results of field work, microstructural analysis, numerical methods, and geomorphology, and will also involve collaboration with other partners in the EPSRC GCRF funded Enhancing PREParedness for East African Countries through Seismic Resilience Engineering (PREPARE) project.