Department of geology northwest university

Teacher Name

1、 Personal profile

Simon Williams has been devoted to the study of the history of plate motion on the earth's surface, mainly through the global scale tectonic plate reconstruction model to reconstruct the absolute plate motion over time. As the chief scientist, he presided over many ocean voyage projects to collect and interpret the rock samples and geophysical observation data obtained from the deep ocean, so as to better constrain the mutual movement process of the continental plate in the process of Pangea supercontinent breakup in combination with geophysical data and geological evidence. At the same time, Simon is also a major contributor to the development of open source geological software gplates, which is also an important tool for geological researchers to study the earth in different geological history periods.

2、 Scientific research

1. Academic papers

(1) Williams Simon E*; Whittaker Joanne M; Halpin Jacqueline A; Muller R Dietmar, Australian-Antarctic break up and seafloor spreading: Balancing geological and geophysical constraints, Earth-Science Reviews, 2019, 188: 41~58

(2) Brune Sascha*;Williams Simon E;Muller R Dietmar,Potential links between continental rifting, CO2 degassing and climate change through time, Nature Geoscience, 2017, 10(12): 0~941

(3) Brune Sascha*;Williams Simon E; Butterworth Nathaniel P; Muller R Dietmar, Abrupt plate accelerations shape rifted continental margins, Nature, 2016, 536(7615): 0~201

(4) Williams Simon E*; Flament Nicolas; Muller R Dietmar, Alignment between seafloor spreading directions and absolute plate motions through time, Geophysical Research Letters, 2016, 43(4): 1472~1480

(5) Williams Simon*; Flament Nicolas; Muller R Dietmar; Butterworth Nathaniel, Absolute plate motions since 130 Ma constrained by subduction zonekinematics, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2015, 418: 66~77

2. Scientific research projects

3. Academic monograph

4. Academic conferences and exchanges


5. Scientific Research Award


Simon Williams

Departments:General Geology Teaching and Research Office,State Key Laboratory of Continental Dynamics
Direction:Global plate reconstruction, geophysics

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