Glyn Williams-Jones


Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones completed a B.Sc. Hons (1993) and M.Sc. (1997) in geology at the Université de Montreal. He followed this with a Ph.D. (2001) at the Open University (UK) in Volcanology and postdoc at University of Hawaii at Manoa (2003). He started as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, SFU in 2003, became Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2017. Glyn is also co-Director of the Centre for Natural Hazards Research at Simon Fraser University. Since 2012, he has also acted as Volcanic Situations Duty Officer, for the Canadian Hazards Information Service, Natural Resources Canada.

Glyn is a physical volcanologist whose multidisciplinary research involves geochemical and geophysical modelling in conjunction with remote sensing to investigate the processes responsible for triggering volcanic eruptions as well those controlling persistently active volcanism. The principal focus of this research is the investigation of the interaction between the intruding magma and that already residing in the reservoir along with their precursory signals.


NSERC Discovery Grant

NSERC Engage Grants for universities

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program


National Science Foundation

Earthwatch Institute

Leadership Roles

Co-Director of the Centre for Natural Hazards Research

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Canadian National Committee – Senior representative for the constituent organization International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI)

International Advisory Committee – the Geoarc Foundation

Board of Directors – International Volcano Monitoring Fund

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Miller, C.A., Williams-Jones, G., Fournier, D. & Witter, J. (2017) 3D gravity inversion and thermodynamic modelling reveal properties of shallow silicic magma reservoir beneath Laguna del Maule, Chile. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.,459, 14-27, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.11.007.

Venugopal, S., Moune, S. & Williams-Jones, G. (2016) Investigating the subsurface connection beneath Cerro Negro Volcano and the El Hoyo Complex, Nicaragua. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 325, 211-224, doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.06.001

Zurek, J., Williams-Jones, G., Trusdell, F. & Martin, S. (2015) The origin of Mauna Loa’s Ninole Hills – Evidence of rift zone reorganization. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi: 10.1002/2015GL065863.

Williams-Jones, G. & Rymer, H. (2015). Hazards of Volcanic Gases. In H. Sigurdsson, B. Houghton, H. Rymer, J. Stix, S. McNutt (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Volcanoes. 2nd ed. Academic Press, 985-992, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385938-9.00057-2.

Vigouroux, N., Williams-Jones, G., & Hickson, C.J. (2013) Development of the MultiGAS for determining fumarole gas chemistry in geothermal systems. Geotherm. Res. Council Trans., 37, 1-14.

Zurek, J.M., Williams-Jones, G., Johnson, D. & Eggers, A., (2012) Constraining volcanic inflation at Three Sisters Volcanic Field in Oregon, U.S.A., through microgravity and deformation modelling. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 13, Q10013, doi:10.1029/2012GC004341.

Nadeau, P.A. & Williams-Jones, G. (2009) Apparent downwind depletion of volcanic SO2 flux: Lessons from Masaya volcano, Nicaragua, Bull. Volcanol., 71, 389-400, doi: 10.1007/s00445-008-0251-9.


Glyn Williams-Jones

Centre for Natural Hazards Research

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC
V5A 1S6


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