Emily Zawacki

Graduate Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Emily Zawacki is a fifth-year Geological Sciences Ph.D. Candidate studying under Ramon Arrowsmith and Christopher Campisano in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Zawacki has a primary research focus in the intersection between geomorphology, tectonics/structural geology, sedimentary geology, and paleoanthropology. She is a member of the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP). Additionally, she also has a secondary research focus in the field of volcanology, working with Amanda Clarke.

Please be sure to also check out her educational geology blog, It's Sedimentary!


B.A. Geology and Spanish | Lawrence University | 2015

M.S. Geological Sciences | Arizona State University | 2018


Research Interests

My research interests center around: geological and environmental context of hominin evolution, use of cosmogenic radionuclides and low-temperature thermochronology to reconstruct paleoerosion rates, tetonic geomorphology, geologic hazards.

My dissertation research is a part of the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP). I am working to reconstruct Plio-Pleistocene paleoerosion rates and sediment provenance at HSPDP localities along the East African Rift System to investigate tectonic and climatic influences on early hominin landscapes.

For my secondary project, I am working with Amanda Clarke to reconstruct one of the youngest explosive basaltic eruptions at the Pinacate volcanic field (Sonora, Mexico).

Teaching Website

Professional Associations

Geological Society of America