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Emma Morrison

Graduate Student

Current Project(s): Laclo Fault in Timor Leste

I am from Utah and am currently a graduate student working towards my master’s degree in Geology. With access to beautiful mountains and an amazing desert I found myself drawn to geology from a young age. As I have been able to travel further around the world, I am always blown away by humanity’s connection to the Earth, whether this be for resources and survival or having to understand and interact with geohazards. 

My thesis has taken me to the beautiful country of Timor Leste. Timor Leste stands in one of the most unique and exciting geological environments in the world. I have been able to help confirm the existence of a very large active fault called the Laclo Fault that runs just south of the capital city of Dili. Furthermore, I have been working on identifying the geochemistry, age, and pressure/temperature environment of the Aileu metamorphic complex. We believe that the Laclo Fault has provided a mechanism to exhume the metamorphic rocks to be exhumed and will work further to investigate this. 


I am so grateful that I get to be a part of research that not only furthers our knowledge in understanding geological processes, but in identifying structures such as active faults, we can help educate and prepare communities for possible hazards.

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