My name is Emily Zawacki, and I am a fifth-year Geological Sciences Ph.D. Candidate studying at Arizona State University. I am co-advised by Ramon Arrowsmith (School of Earth and Space Exploration) and Christopher Campisano (School of Human Evolution and Social Change).
I graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University in 2015 with a B.A. in geology and Spanish and a minor in history. Before taking Introductory Geology my freshman year of undergrad, I had absolutely no idea that I wanted to study geology, since I had never been offered a geology course before. However, taking that class was one of the best decisions I have ever made, because I found my true passions in studying the Earth, its past conditions, and the processes that shape it.
My primary research focus lies in the intersection between geomorphology, tectonics/structural geology, sedimentary geology, and paleoanthropology. At ASU, I am a member of the Active Tectonics, Quantitative Structural Geology, and Geomorphology research group. I am also a member of the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP) and am working to quantify rates of landscape evolution at HSPDP localities along the East African Rift using cosmogenic radionuclides and detrital thermochronometers.
I additionally completed a Masters in Passing in 2018 with Amanda Clarke researching a case of highly explosive basaltic volcanism in the Pinacate volcanic field (Sonora, Mexico).
During my free time, I run and create content for my educational geology blog, It’s Sedimentary, and for fun I make Disney-themed videos on YouTube! I love to incorporate my knowledge and experiences from the field, in addition to helping explain key classroom geology concepts. Remember, it’s sedimentary, my dear Watson!