Emilia Caylor

I am a fourth-year PhD candidate in Barbara Carrapa's research group. I study sedimentary basin records using a combination of sedimentology, geochronology, and thermochronology to understand the tectonic and paleogeographic evolution of the North American Cordillera.

Currently, I am researching the depositional history of the McCoy Mountains Formation in southern California and Arizona to constrain the mechanisms and role of tectonics on basin development. Recently, I have submitted a manuscript that presents new apatite fission track (AFT) data from the key Laramide uplifts and basins in Wyoming including the Wind River Range and Bighorn Mountains. This study addresses the timing of development of Laramide topography in the type locality of Wyoming and sediment evacuation from the Laramide basins.

I am also passionate about making field work accessible for everyone in Geosciences through support initiatives such as a donation-based gear closet open to undergraduate and graduate students in the department, field work info sessions, and coordinating the Southern AZ AWG chapter's annual field experience scholarship.

When I'm not working in the lab or out in the field I like to climb and drink coffee!


Barbara Carrapa


B.S. Geology, UH Downtown (2017); M.S. Geology, University of Arizona (2019)