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Caden Howlett




PhD in Geosciences

University of Arizona, in progress.


MS in Earth Sciences--Geology

Montana State University, May 2020.


BS in Earth Sciences--Geology

Montana State University, June 2018. 

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona studying geoscience, broadly interested in continental tectonics and the development of Cordilleran fold-thrust belts.


I am working with my advisors Barbara Carrapa and Peter DeCelles (and my field partner, Chance Ronemus) to determine the structure and kinematics of the Andean thrust belt between 32-35S.

My research interests involve integrating traditional field-based approaches (geologic mapping/structural analysis), low-T thermochronology, geochronology, and thermal history modeling.  My work intends to place such constraints in a regional context that enables the testing and/or creation of tectonic and geodynamic models.


February 23: I joined the ALFA Mars team, an international group of scientists and engineers searching for life on the red planet.  We are working towards a Mars analog experiment in the Arctic in the coming years.  See more on the project here.

February 23: I did a Q&A with the UArizona College of Science discussing science communication and recent geoscience outreach efforts. Check it out here.

January-February 23: 6-week field season in Argentina and Chile with Mr. Ronemus.  Good times!

October 22: Presented more new science from the Little Belt Mtns at the Annual GSA meeting in Denver. 

doi: 10.1130/abs/2022AM-382668 


January-March 22: 10-week field season in south-central Andes (31-36S) with Chance Ronemus. Successful summit of Cerro Mercedario (6720m; 22,050ft). 

September 2021: Presented central MT Laramide work at the 17th International Conference on Thermochronology in Sante Fe, NM.


New Publication (August 2021): New paper in Tectonics with Aislin Reynolds and Drew Laskowski.  We present geologic mapping, igneous zircon U-Pb geochronology, zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronology, and Lu-Hf isotopes from the Anaconda metamorphic core complex in western Montana.

June-July 2021: Field season in Little Belt Mountains, central Montana, USA

April 2021: Presented preliminary low-T thermochronology results from Little Belt Mountains at 49th Annual UA GeoDaze research symposium.  Best graduate talk award

New Publication (December 2020): My MSc advisor Drew Laskowski and I published a paper in Geosphere.  We present new DZ U-Pb and Lu-Hf data from the Flint Creek Basin in western Montana and test the utility of these techniques for tracing the source of placer gold.


August 2020: Began PhD in Geosciences Department at the University of Arizona.

July-August 2020: Field season in northern Laramide of Wyoming and Montana.

New Publication (May 2020): New 1:24,000 scale geologic map across the Anaconda detachment fault, presented as a USGS/MBMG EDMAP sheet.

March 2020: Defended my MSc thesis at Montana State University, titled: Syn-orogenic magmatism, mid-crust exhumation, and placer gold deposition: The Anaconda metamorphic core complex of western Montana.

July-August 2019: Field season in south-central Tibet with Andrew Laskowski, Kurt Sundell, and Aislin Reynolds.

Field photos
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