Dr Simon Williams

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Simon is a postdoctoral research fellow in the EarthByte Group, School of Geosciences.

Simon previously completed a PhD in geophysics at the University of Leeds, UK, and worked for 5 years at Getech specializing in the analysis of gravity and magnetic data.

Research interests

His research focuses on the analysis of gravity and magnetic data, and their role in defining the extent of sedimentary basins and understanding plate tectonics and geodynamics.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Bai, Y., Williams, S., Müller, R., Liu, Z., Hosseinpour, M. (2014). Mapping crustal thickness using gravity data: Methods and uncertainties. Geophysics, 79(2), G27-G36. [More Information]
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Skogseid, J., Heine, C., Müller, R. (2014). Topographic assymetry of the South Atlantic from global models of mantle flow and lithospheric stretching. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 387, 107-119. [More Information]
  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Granot, R., Müller, R. (2013). Early India-Australia spreading history revealed by newly detected Mesozoic magnetic anomalies in the Perth Abyssal Plain. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118(7), 3275-3284. [More Information]
  • Hosseipour, M., Müller, R., Williams, S., Whittaker, J. (2013). Full-fit reconstruction of the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay. Solid Earth, 4(2), 461-479. [More Information]
  • Whittaker, J., Goncharov, A., Williams, S., Müller, R., Leitchenkov, G. (2013). Global sediment thickness data set updated for the Australian-Antarctic Southern Ocean. G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: an electronic journal of the earth sciences, 14(8), 3297-3305. [More Information]
  • Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Williams, S., Zahirovic, S., Micklethwaite, S. (2013). Obituary: Sandy Island (1876-2012). EOS, 94(15), 141-142. [More Information]
  • Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Müller, R. (2013). Revised tectonic evolution of the Eastern Indian Ocean. G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: an electronic journal of the earth sciences, 14(6), 1891-1909. [More Information]
  • Williams, S., Müller, R., Landgrebe, T., Whittaker, J. (2012). An open-source software environment for visualizing and refining plate tectonic reconstructions using high-resolution geological and geophysical data sets. GSA TODAY, 22(4-5), 4-9. [More Information]
  • Mazur, S., Green, C., Stewart, M., Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Bouatmani, R. (2012). Displacement along the Red River Fault constrained by extension estimates and plate reconstructions. Tectonics, 31(5), 1-22. [More Information]
  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Müller, R. (2011). Full-fit, palinspastic reconstruction of the conjugate Australian-Antarctic margins. Tectonics, 30(6), Article no. TC6012-1-Article no. TC6012-21. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Müller, R. (2013). Newly-recognised Continental Fragments Rifted from the West Australian Margin. WABS 2013: West Australian Basins Symposium, Perth, Australia: Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Limited.
  • Whittaker, J., Halpin, J., Williams, S., Hall, L., Gardner, R., Kobler, M., Daczko, N., Müller, R. (2013). Tectonic Evolution and Continental Fragmentation of the Southern West Australian Margin. WABS 2013: West Australian Basins Symposium, Perth, Australia: Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Limited.
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R., Skogseid, J. (2012). A deep mantle origin for the asymmetry of the South Atlantic margins. EGU General Assembly 2012, Austria: EGU.
  • Williams, S., Musgrave, R., Müller, R. (2012). Application of open-source software and high-resolution geophysical images to explore the plate tectonic evolution of Australia. 6th eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney: eResearch Australasia.
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R., Skogseid, J., Heine, C. (2012). Asymmetry of the margins of the Atlantic Ocean from geodynamic models of mantle convection with lithospheric deformation. 46th Congresso Brasileiro de Geologia, Sao Paulo: Brazilian Society of Geology.
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R., Skogseid, J. (2012). Asymmetry of the margins of the South Atlantic from geodynamic models of lithospheric deformation and mantle convection. 34th International Geological Congress (IGC): Australia 2012, Brisbane, Australia: International Geological Congress.
  • Whittaker, J., Goncharov, A., Williams, S., Müller, R. (2012). Crustal velocity and sediment thickness asymmetries along and between the conjugate Australian-Antarctic margins. Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV, Crows Nest, NSW: Conference Action Pty Ltd.
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R. (2012). Evolution of Earth's topography from models of global mantle flow and lithospheric deformation. 6th eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney: eResearch Australasia.
  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Müller, R. (2012). Full-fit reconstructions of the southern Australian Margin and Antarctica - implications for correlating geology between Australia and Antarctica. Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV, Crows Nest, NSW: Conference Action Pty Ltd.
  • Williams, S., Flament, N., Heine, C., Vazifehshenas, M., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Gurnis, M., Müller, R. (2012). Geodynamic modeling of passive margin systems from tectonic reconstructions with deforming plate boundaries. EGU General Assembly 2012, Austria: EGU.
  • Flament, N., Williams, S., Gurnis, M., Heine, C., Müller, R. (2012). Testing alternative reconstructions of the South Atlantic by comparing predicted to observed total tectonic subsidence. 34th International Geological Congress (IGC): Australia 2012, Brisbane, Australia: International Geological Congress.
  • Landgrebe, T., Müller, R., Williams, S. (2010). Knowledge discovery via a virtual geological observatory. 4th eResearch Australasia Conference, australia: eResearch Australasia.
  • Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Müller, R., Kusznir, N. (2010). Restoring the continent-ocean boundary: constraints from lithospheric stretching grids and tectonic reconstructions. ASEG-PESA 21st International Geophysical Conference, Sydney: CSIRO Publishing.
  • Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Mazur, S. (2010). What can potential field data really tell us about Continent-Ocean transitions? ASEG-PESA 21st International Geophysical Conference, Sydney: CSIRO Publishing.

2014

  • Bai, Y., Williams, S., Müller, R., Liu, Z., Hosseinpour, M. (2014). Mapping crustal thickness using gravity data: Methods and uncertainties. Geophysics, 79(2), G27-G36. [More Information]
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Skogseid, J., Heine, C., Müller, R. (2014). Topographic assymetry of the South Atlantic from global models of mantle flow and lithospheric stretching. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 387, 107-119. [More Information]

2013

  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Granot, R., Müller, R. (2013). Early India-Australia spreading history revealed by newly detected Mesozoic magnetic anomalies in the Perth Abyssal Plain. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118(7), 3275-3284. [More Information]
  • Hosseipour, M., Müller, R., Williams, S., Whittaker, J. (2013). Full-fit reconstruction of the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay. Solid Earth, 4(2), 461-479. [More Information]
  • Whittaker, J., Goncharov, A., Williams, S., Müller, R., Leitchenkov, G. (2013). Global sediment thickness data set updated for the Australian-Antarctic Southern Ocean. G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: an electronic journal of the earth sciences, 14(8), 3297-3305. [More Information]
  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Müller, R. (2013). Newly-recognised Continental Fragments Rifted from the West Australian Margin. WABS 2013: West Australian Basins Symposium, Perth, Australia: Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Limited.
  • Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Williams, S., Zahirovic, S., Micklethwaite, S. (2013). Obituary: Sandy Island (1876-2012). EOS, 94(15), 141-142. [More Information]
  • Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Müller, R. (2013). Revised tectonic evolution of the Eastern Indian Ocean. G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: an electronic journal of the earth sciences, 14(6), 1891-1909. [More Information]
  • Whittaker, J., Halpin, J., Williams, S., Hall, L., Gardner, R., Kobler, M., Daczko, N., Müller, R. (2013). Tectonic Evolution and Continental Fragmentation of the Southern West Australian Margin. WABS 2013: West Australian Basins Symposium, Perth, Australia: Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Limited.

2012

  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R., Skogseid, J. (2012). A deep mantle origin for the asymmetry of the South Atlantic margins. EGU General Assembly 2012, Austria: EGU.
  • Williams, S., Müller, R., Landgrebe, T., Whittaker, J. (2012). An open-source software environment for visualizing and refining plate tectonic reconstructions using high-resolution geological and geophysical data sets. GSA TODAY, 22(4-5), 4-9. [More Information]
  • Williams, S., Musgrave, R., Müller, R. (2012). Application of open-source software and high-resolution geophysical images to explore the plate tectonic evolution of Australia. 6th eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney: eResearch Australasia.
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R., Skogseid, J., Heine, C. (2012). Asymmetry of the margins of the Atlantic Ocean from geodynamic models of mantle convection with lithospheric deformation. 46th Congresso Brasileiro de Geologia, Sao Paulo: Brazilian Society of Geology.
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R., Skogseid, J. (2012). Asymmetry of the margins of the South Atlantic from geodynamic models of lithospheric deformation and mantle convection. 34th International Geological Congress (IGC): Australia 2012, Brisbane, Australia: International Geological Congress.
  • Whittaker, J., Goncharov, A., Williams, S., Müller, R. (2012). Crustal velocity and sediment thickness asymmetries along and between the conjugate Australian-Antarctic margins. Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV, Crows Nest, NSW: Conference Action Pty Ltd.
  • Mazur, S., Green, C., Stewart, M., Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Bouatmani, R. (2012). Displacement along the Red River Fault constrained by extension estimates and plate reconstructions. Tectonics, 31(5), 1-22. [More Information]
  • Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Müller, R. (2012). Evolution of Earth's topography from models of global mantle flow and lithospheric deformation. 6th eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney: eResearch Australasia.
  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Müller, R. (2012). Full-fit reconstructions of the southern Australian Margin and Antarctica - implications for correlating geology between Australia and Antarctica. Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV, Crows Nest, NSW: Conference Action Pty Ltd.
  • Williams, S., Flament, N., Heine, C., Vazifehshenas, M., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Gurnis, M., Müller, R. (2012). Geodynamic modeling of passive margin systems from tectonic reconstructions with deforming plate boundaries. EGU General Assembly 2012, Austria: EGU.
  • Flament, N., Williams, S., Gurnis, M., Heine, C., Müller, R. (2012). Testing alternative reconstructions of the South Atlantic by comparing predicted to observed total tectonic subsidence. 34th International Geological Congress (IGC): Australia 2012, Brisbane, Australia: International Geological Congress.

2011

  • Williams, S., Whittaker, J., Müller, R. (2011). Full-fit, palinspastic reconstruction of the conjugate Australian-Antarctic margins. Tectonics, 30(6), Article no. TC6012-1-Article no. TC6012-21. [More Information]

2010

  • Landgrebe, T., Müller, R., Williams, S. (2010). Knowledge discovery via a virtual geological observatory. 4th eResearch Australasia Conference, australia: eResearch Australasia.
  • Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Müller, R., Kusznir, N. (2010). Restoring the continent-ocean boundary: constraints from lithospheric stretching grids and tectonic reconstructions. ASEG-PESA 21st International Geophysical Conference, Sydney: CSIRO Publishing.
  • Whittaker, J., Williams, S., Mazur, S. (2010). What can potential field data really tell us about Continent-Ocean transitions? ASEG-PESA 21st International Geophysical Conference, Sydney: CSIRO Publishing.

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