Contact Info

Ethan F. Williams

Office: 358 South Mudd


Phone: (650) 888-7525


MS 252-21
Seismo Lab, Caltech
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125


June 2017 - present     Ph.D. student in Geophysics Caltech Pasadena, CA

Sept 2013 - June 2017   B.S. in Geophysics (Honors) Stanford University Stanford, CA

Sept 2013 - June 2017   B.A. in Music (Honors) Stanford University Stanford, CA

Work Experience

June 2017 - present     Graduate Research Assistant Caltech Pasadena, CA

     InSAR time series analysis of the seismic cycle in Peru/Chile; reflection seismic investigation of subduction initiation south of New Zealand

June 2016 - Sept 2016   Undergraduate Research Assistant Stanford University Stanford, CA

     Source analysis and seismic interferometry of ambient noise data recorded using distributed acoustic sensing (DAS)

June 2015 - May 2016   Undergraduate Research Assistant Stanford University Stanford, CA

     Seismic stratigraphy and U/Th geochronology of Santa Catalina Island subsided marine terraces

Honors and Awards

June 2017  Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Stanford Unviersity

June 2017  Best Paper Award, Dept. of Geophysics Stanford University

May 2017  Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences Stanford Univeristy

May 2017  Alumni Association Award of Excellence Stanford University

July 2016  Shell Technical Fund Scholarship Shell Oil Company

June 2016  SEG/Anadarko Scholarship Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Sept 2015  Oustanding Poster Award Stanford EARTH Undergraduate Research Symposium

June 2013  GSH/Charlie and Jean Smith Scholarship Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Field Experience

Sept 2017  Caltech Goldstone broadband deployment, Ft. Irwin, CA

     Deployed 3 Trillium Compact broadband seismometers

Mar 2017  Stanford DAS array calibration survey, Stanford, CA

      Deployed 80 3C nodes, used Trimble GPS system, assisted with 40 betsy-gun shots and 100+ hammer/plate shots

June 2016  Stanford 2D multi-channel seismic cruise, Channel Islands, CA

      Deployed/recovered 300m streamer; assisted with acquisition system; performed on-board seismic processing

June 2015  Stanford CHIRP and coring cruise, Channel Islands, CA

      Identified coring targets from MCS profiles, asssited with gravity coring and sample cataloguing, deployed and ran EdgeTech CHIRP system

Teaching Experience

Sept 2016  Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Music, Stanford University

     Teaching assistant for 3-week intensive residential class for Stanford sophomores, developed course content with instructors, delivered two independent lectures, mentored students one-on-one

2015-2017  Instructor, Stanford Splash, Stanford University

     Developed and taught several one-day short courses for middle and high school students, including "Earthquakes Explained," "Physics of the Solid Earth," "All About Oil," "Imaging the Earth with Sound," and "Imaging the Earth with E&M"