I am a structural geologist interested in collisional and Cordilleran mountain belts. My research integrates geologic mapping and structural analysis with detrital and igneous U-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He thermochronology and metamorphic petrology to reconstruct sequences of magmatism, sedimentation, deformation and metamorphism. I am particularly interested in conducting field-based research to test models of orogen-scale processes such as continental subduction, high-pressure metamorphism and exhumation, synchronous shortening and extension in orogenic belts, and switches between extension and contraction in orogenic hinterlands. In addition, I am interested in applying my research to better understand the interplay between tectonics and the formation of economic mineral deposits.


Mapping in high-pressure metamorphic rocks, Lopu Range, southern Tibet


In review: Laskowski, A.K., Kapp, P., Cai, F., The Gangdese Culmination Model: Oligocene–Miocene Duplexing along the India-Asia Suture Zone, Lazi Region, Southern Tibet: Geological Society of America Bulletin

Laskowski, A. K., Kapp, P., Ding, L., Campbell, C., and Liu, X., 2017, Tectonic Evolution of the Yarlung Suture Zone, Lopu Range Region, Southern TibetTectonics, v. 36, DOI:10.1002/2016TC004334

Laskowski, A.K., Kapp, P., Vervoort,  J.D., and Ding, L., 2016, High-Pressure Tethyan Himalaya rocks along the India-Asia suture zone in southern TibetLithosphere, v. 8, no. 5, DOI:10.1130/L544.1

Orme, D.A., Guenthner, W.R., Laskowski, A.K., and Reiners, P.W., 2016, Long-term tectonothermal history of Laramide basement from zircon-He age-eU correlationsEarth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 453, p. 119-130, DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.046

Orme, D.A., and Laskowski, A.K., 2016, Basin Analysis of the Albian-Santonian Xigaze forearc, south-central TibetJournal of Sedimentary Research: v. 86, no. 8, p. 894-918, DOI:10.2110/jsr.2016.59

Leary, R., Orme, D.A., Laskowski, A.K., DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P., Carrapa, B., and Dettinger, M., 2016, Along-strike diachroneity in the deposition of the Kailas Formation in central southern Tibet: Implications for Indian slab rollbackGeosphere, v. 12, no. 4, DOI:10.1130/GES01325.1

Cai, F., Ding, L., Laskowski, A.K., Kapp, P., Wang, H., Xu, Q., and Zhang, L., 2016, Late Triassic Paleogeographic Reconstruction along the Neo-Tethyan Ocean Margins, southern TibetEarth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 435, p. 105-114, DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.027

Cai, F., Ding, L., Yao, W., Laskowski, A.K., Xu, Q., Zhang, J., and Sein, K., 2015, Provenance and tectonic evolution of Lower Paleozoic—Upper Mesozoic strata from Sibumasu Terrane, MyanmarGondwana Research, DOI: 10.1016/

Laskowski, A.K., DeCelles, P.G., and Gehrels, G.E., 2013, Detrital Zircon Geochronology of Cordilleran Retroarc Foreland Basin Strata, western North AmericaTECTONICS, v. 32, p. 1027-1048, DOI: 10.1002/tect.20065