Research interests:

  1. Ocean dynamics

  2. Ocean carbon cycle

  3. Climate change

Learn about our work on climate change:

Oceans as moderators of the carbon cycle and our climate

Learn about our work on sea-level and climate change at Liverpool

(short animations 2-3 min long):

Part 1: Personal Perspectives

Part 2: Historical Perspectives

Part 3: Future Perspective?


  1. Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact for Science and Engineering (0.5 post)

  2. Member of the University Research and Impact Committee, Research & Impact Strategic Committee, Faculty of Science & Engineering Senior Management Team

  3. Chair for Natural Environmental Research Council, Peer Review College

  4. Research Excellence Framework panel member (criteria setting and assessment)

  1. Previously University lead for the NERC Doctoral Training Programme: Understanding the Earth, 

   Atmosphere and Ocean

  1. Previously Research champion for University of Liverpool research theme

  Living with Environmental Change (link to see video)

  1. Previously Director of Research Centre in Marine Sciences and Climate Change


1983 - 1987  PhD in Physical Oceanography, University of East Anglia

1982 - 1983  MSc in Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Imperial College

1979 - 1982  BSc in Physics, Bristol University  

Previous posts:

2016-2021          Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact (0.5 post)

2014-2016          Research & Impact lead for the Faculty of Science & Engineering     

2004-present      Professor in Ocean Sciences  (University of Liverpool)

2008                    Visiting Professor (Duke University, USA)

2003-2004          Reader (University of Liverpool)

2000-2003          Senior Lecturer (University of Liverpool)

1993-2000         Lecturer  (University of Liverpool)

1991-1993          NOAA UCAR Research Fellow (MIT, USA)

1987-1991         Research Associate  (Imperial College)


Professor of Ocean Sciences

University of Liverpool

Prof Ric Williams

room 207 Nicholson building

0151 794 5136

email: ric(at)