Nicole Williamson

PhD Geological Sciences

MAGNET Trainee

EOS-Main 305

My research interests are varied, but I am especially excited by anything volcanism- and mantle geochemistry-related and how we might apply what we know about Earth to the other planetary bodies of the Solar System.

My current research focuses on the geochemistry of the Hawaiian Islands with implications that range from island-scale volcanism to the processes and chemical heterogeneities in Earth's mantle. For example, systematic sampling of lavas from the shield-building stage of the island of Kaua’i, coupled with radiogenic isotope analyses, major and trace element concentrations, olivine compositions, and argon geochronology, has helped us assess the geochemical and magmatic evolution of the Kaua’i volcano and constrain the long-term isotopic trends along the entire Hawaiian-Emperor volcanic chain that are controlled by the dynamics of the Hawaiian mantle plume and the Pacific tectonic plate:

Carleton University:

ERTH 1006: Introductory Geology

ERTH 2104: Igneous Systems, Geochemistry and Processes

ERTH 3205: Hydrogeology

ERTH 3204: Mineral Deposits


EOSC 220: Introductory Mineralogy

EOSC 221: Introductory Petrology

EOSC 333: Elemental and Isotopic Geochemistry


Williamson N, Ootes L, Rainbird RH, Bedard JH, Cousens B. 2016. Initiation and early evolution of the Franklin magmatic event preserved in the 720 Ma Natkusiak Formation, Victoria Island, Canadian Arctic. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY. 78

Jamieson JWilliam, Hannington MD, Tivey MK, Hansteen T, Williamson N, Stewart M, Fietzke J, Butterfield D, Frische M, Allen L et al.. 2016. Precipitation and growth of barite within hydrothermal vent deposits from the Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA. 173:64-85.


Bedard JH, Williamson N, Dell'Oro TA, Hayes B, Hryciuk M, Winpenny A, Scoates JS, Wise S, Nabelek PI, Naslund HR et al.. 2011. Emplacement and Eruption Style in the Franklin Large Igneous Province, Victoria Island, Arctic Canada. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 1:02.