Faculty and Staff

Williams, Ian


Ian Williams

Professor of Geology
member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 1982



B.Sc. Durham University
M.Sc. University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara
(Thesis: “An Investigation of Some Aspects of Geomagnetic Reversals”)

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Structural Geology
  • Planetary Geology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Southern and Western Regional Field Trips

Also a member of the faculty for "Semester Abroad: Europe" and taught in the International Traveling Classroom (ITC) on geology in the Pyrenees (Spring 2010)

Research Interests:

Geomagnetic reversal modeling and structure of the Pyrenees.

Also have supervised undergraduate research projects concerning:

  • Gravity mapping in Western Wisconsin;
  • Erosion of sandstone outcrops;
  • Cratering;
  • Using structural methods to analyze automobile wrecks.

Professional Activities:

Outstanding Teacher in the College of Agriculture, UWRF for 1995.

Cartoon Textbook “Continents in Collision”Wrote Cartoon Textbook “Continents in Collision” in April 2006

Involved in various online classes including Plate tectonics for Teachers (first taught in 2004), Introduction to Geology (first taught in 2012) and Energy for Sustainable Management (taught 2010/11 and 2011/12)

Arranged and coordinated faculty development seminars from 2001 to 2008 and new faculty orientation day 1999 to 2008

Authored web-based calculation pages:
VGP calculator
Fisher Statistics