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caden howlett

field geologist & science communicator

Tangra Yumco Rift
south-central Tibet

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Hi :) I am a PhD candidate broadly interested in the evolution of Cordilleran fold-thrust belts, contributing to our understanding of Andean thrust belt kinematics between 32-35°S as part of the TANGO project.  I have an additional dissertation chapter dedicated to the regional development of the Helena salient in west-central Montana.  My M.S. work was also in western Montana, focusing on the development of the Anaconda metamorphic core complex.

I am a field-based structural geologist and thermochronologist who integrates geologic mapping, field observation, low-T thermochron, geochronology, and various modeling techniques.  I enjoy considering my datasets in a regional context that enables the testing and/or creation of tectonic and geodynamic models.

I'm passionate about science communication, writing essays on topics in science and philosophy on my Instagram and creating YouTube videos that focus on the dissemination of geoscience research and tips for success at the undergraduate and graduate level. 

See some recent YouTube creations below:


Frontal Cordillera, Argentine Andes

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