Dr Rhys Hawkins

Jubilee Joint Fellow
School of Computing / Research School of Earth Sciences

After completing undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, and a MPhil in Computer Science, Rhys worked for more than a decade as a research programmer with positions at the ANU School of Computing, CSIRO, and NCI (Australia’s peak supercomputing facility). He developed an interest in the Earth sciences which lead to him completing a PhD in Geophysics in 2018. Rhys combines computational geophysics, applied mathematics and machine learning techniques to robustly determine the composition of the Earth at various scales.

Research interests

  • Bayesian Inference
  • Computational Modelling of Physical Processes
  • High Performance Computing


  • Rosalia, S, Cummins, P, Widiyantoro, S et al. 2020, 'Group velocity maps using subspace and transdimensional inversions: ambient noise tomography in the western part of Java, Indonesia', Geophysical Journal International, vol. 220, no. 2, pp. 1260-1274.
  • Pillia, S, Jackson, J, Hawkins, R et al. 2020, 'The Southern Zagros Collisional Orogen: New Insights From Transdimensional Trees Inversion of Seismic Noise', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. -.
  • Peji&#263, T, Hawkins, R, Sambridge, M and Tkalči&#263, H 2019, 'Transdimensional Bayesian Attenuation Tomography of the Upper Inner Core, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB0164002019.
  • Hawkins, R 2018, 'A spectral element method for surface wave dispersion and adjoints', Geophysical Journal International, vol. 215, no. 1, pp. 267-302.
  • Hawkins, R, Brodie, R & Sambridge, M 2018, 'Trans-dimensional Bayesian inversion of airborne electromagnetic data for 2D conductivity profiles', Exploration Geophysics (Aus), vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 134-147pp.
  • Kallenberg, B., Tregoning, P, Hoffmann, J. F., Purcell, A., Allgeyer, S. 2017, 'A new approach to estimate ice dynamic rates using satellite observations in East Antarctica', Cryosphere, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 1235-1245.
  • Hayward, K, Cox, S, Fitzgerald, J et al. 2016, 'Mechanical amorphization, flash heating, and frictional melting: Dramatic changes to fault surfaces during the first millisecond of earthquake slip', Geology, vol. 44, no. 12, pp. 1043-1046pp.
  • Dettmer, J, Hawkins, R, Cummins, P et al 2016, 'Tsunami source uncertainty estimation: The 2011 Japan tsunami', Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, vol. 121, no. 6, pp. 4483-4505pp.
  • Charles, C, Bish, A, Boswell, R et al 2016, 'A Short Review of Experimental and Computational Diagnostics for Radiofrequency Plasma Micro-thrusters', Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 29-44pp.
  • Saygin, E, Cummins, P, Cipta, A et al 2016, 'Imaging architecture of the Jakarta Basin, Indonesia with transdimensional inversion of seismic noise', Geophysical Journal International, vol. 204, no. 2, pp. 918-931.
  • Hawkins, R & Sambridge, M 2015, 'Geophysical imaging using trans-dimensional trees', Geophysical Journal International, vol. 203, no. 2, pp. 972-1000.
  • Charles, C, Hawkins, R & Boswell, R 2015, 'Particle in cell simulation of a radiofrequency plasma jet expanding in vacuum', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 106, no. 9, pp. 093502/1-4.
  • Iaffaldano, G, Hawkins, R & Sambridge, M 2014, 'Bayesian noise-reduction in Arabia/Somalia and Nubia/Arabia finite rotations since similar to 20 Ma: Implications for Nubia/Somalia relative motion', Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 845-854.
  • Iaffaldano, G, Sambridge, M, Bodin, T et al 2014, 'REDBACK: Open-source software for efficient noise-reduction in plate kinematic reconstructions', Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 1663-1670.
  • Heslop, D, Roberts, AP & Hawkins, R 2014, 'A statistical simulation of magnetic particle alignment in sediments', Geophysical Journal International, vol. 197, no. 2, pp. 828-837.
  • Ingham, E, Heslop, D, Roberts, AP, Hawkins, R & Sambridge, M 2014, 'Is there a link between geomagnetic reversal frequency and paleointensity? A Bayesian approach', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 119, no. 7, pp. 5290-5304.
  • Greig, A, Charles, C, Hawkins, R et al 2013, 'Direct measurement of neutral gas heating in a radio-frequency electrothermal plasma micro-thruster', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 103, no. 7, p. 074101.
  • Cox, W, Hawkins, R, Charles, C et al 2011, 'Three-Dimensional Magnetic Field Mapping of the Magnetically Steered Helicon Double-Layer Thruster', IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 39, no. 11, pp. 2460-2461.
  • Charles, C, Hawkins, R & Boswell, R 2011, 'Ion-Current Downstream of a Carbon Dioxide Helicon Double Layer', IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 39, no. 11, pp. 2446-2447.
  • Lu, Y, Gardner, H, Jin, H et al 2007, 'Interactive Reconstruction of Archaeological Fragments in a Collaborative Environment', Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA 2007), ed. Murk J Bottema, Anthony Maeder, Nick Redding, Anton van den Hengel, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Inc), Australia, pp. 23-29.
  • Charles, C, Boswell, R & Hawkins, R 2009, 'Oblique Double Layers: A Comparison between Terrestrial and Auroral Measurements', Physical Review Letters, vol. 103, no. 095001, p. 4.
  • Cox, W, Hawkins, R, Charles, C et al 2008, 'Three-Dimensional Mapping of Ion Density in a Double-Layer Helicon Plasma', IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 1386-1387.
  • Cox, W, Charles, C, Boswell, R et al 2008, 'Spatial retarding field energy analyzer measurements downstream of a helicon double layer plasma', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 93, no. 071505, pp. 1-3.