Degree Held:Aislin Reynolds

B.S. Engineering Geology, University of Kansas, 2017

Degree Sought:

Ph.D in Earth Sciences, Geology

Email Address:

[email protected]  


Andrew Laskowski

Title of Research Project:

Is Accelerated East-West Extension of the Tibetan Plateau Driven by Underthrusting of the Indian Plate? A Study of the Tangra Yumco Rift, South-Central Tibet.

Project Summary:

I am interested in understanding cycles of collision, uplift, and exhumation, specifically in orogens undergoing syncontractional extension such as in the Himalaya and Tibet. My PhD research is part of an NSF funded project, and is focused on the Tangra Yumco rift in south-central Tibet, integrating geologic mapping, igneous U-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He thermochronology, apatite and zircon fission track, and thermokinematic modeling to discriminate between proposed dynamic models of extension. My thesis will focus on one model of particular interest, the India underthrusting hypothesis, which links the acceleration of rifts to the northward propagation of Indian subduction beneath the Tibetan Plateau. Distinguishing between dynamic models will provide new information on how continental crust responds to inter-continental collision, along with broader implications for how regions of high crustal thickness are grown, maintained, and/or destroyed.

Research/Professional Experience:

Summer Field Work in Tibet, Montana State University, 2019

  • The first field season of my PhD research was completed in summer 2019 in the Tangra Yumco rift, south-central Tibet. Field work incorporated geologic and structural mapping to constrain rift geometries, and collection of samples for igneous U-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He thermochronology, and apatite and zircon fission track dating. Analysis of the collected samples will take place at the University of Arizona beginning Fall 2019, with results presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America and MSU Earth Sciences Student Colloquium.

Field Assistant, Montana State University, 2018

  • Field assistant to M.Sc. student Caden Howlett, P.I. Dr. Andrew Laskowski, and in collaboration with Dr. Colleen Elliott and Jeff Lonn with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. This project was completed as part of the USGS EDMAP program and will result in the publication of a USGS technical report and 1:24,000 scale geologic map. Mapped areas included the north half of the Pintler Lake 7.5’ quadrangle and the south half of the Warren Peak 7.5’ quadrangle at 1:24,000 scale in the footwall of the Anaconda detachment, Anaconda Range, Western Montana.

Senior Honors Thesis, University of Kansas, 2016-2017 

  • One year research project with Dr. Leigh Stearns, titled "Temporal Analysis of Ice Thickness at Byrd Glacier's Grounding Zone" which focused on using ArcGIS to map the grounding zone of Byrd Glacier in East Antarctica, and conduct a temporal analysis of ice thickness using published CReSIS (2011) and SPRI (1975) radar echogram datasets.


  • Barry C. Bishop Scholarship for Mountain Research (2019)
  • GSA Graduate Student Research Grant (2019)
  • NSF Tectonics Grant, Awarded to Dr. Laskowski (2019)
  • CPR/First Aid Training (2018)
  • Erasmus Haworth Senior Honors in Geology Award (2017)
  • KU Research Experience Program Certification (2017)
  • GIS Day @ KU Student Research Poster Competition, First Place (2016)
  • KU Geology Ralph C Lamb Jr. Scholarship Recipient (2016)
  • KU Geology Beu Field Camp Scholarship Recipient (2016)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Achievement in Literature Award – Honorable Mention (2013)

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