David John Williamson

I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Hugo Martel at Laval University. This position runs from September 2013 to August 2016

My primary research interest is in galactic hydrodynamics on all scales, from sub-grid models of the interstellar medium to large-scale evolution. I use AMR and SPH methods to perform simulations of galaxies in idealised contexts.


Cloud angular momentum and effective viscosity in global SPH simulations with feedback

Williamson & Thacker 2014

High-velocity-dispersion cold gas in ULIRG Outflows - I. Direct simulations

Williamson, Thacker, Scannapieco & Brüggen 2014

Effective viscosity from cloud-cloud collisions in 3D global smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations

Williamson & Thacker 2012


2013 PhD (Hydrodynamic Simulations: The Origins and Evolution of Cold Gas in Galaxies and Galactic Winds)

Defended January 18th, 2013, Graduated May 17th, 2013
Thesis with Rob Thacker at St Mary's University, Halifax

2006 MSc (Condensed Matter Physics)

Thesis with Shaun Hendy jointly through VUW and Industrial Research Limited

2005 BSc (Hons)

Honours Thesis Projects with Denis Sullivan and Sir Paul Callaghan at Victoria University, Wellington


I am a New Zealand citizen, from the beautiful town of Wellington. I currently reside with my beautiful Canadian wife and a very small puppy in Québec City.