Led by Laura Lautz, EMPOWER is a team of over 40 people, including the leadership team, affiliated faculty, staff, graduate students, and external advisors. Browse our full directory below, which includes the leadership team and our graduate student trainees, or check out the information about our affiliated faculty and external advisors.
Lachlan WrightPhD, Earth Sciences
Lachlan is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Earth Science, working with Dr. Chris Scholz. He comes to us from the University of Oxford, where he completed his Masters in Earth Science, and Undergraduate studies. Here, in conjunction with the University of Bristol, and the Geological Survey Department of Zambia, he conducted a basin analysis on the Luangwa Rift Valley using legacy 2D seismic data and deep-time climate simulations to predict lacustrine source facies. Lachlan’s research interests include basin analysis, and structural geology with a focus on continental & lacustrine rifts. He uses geophysical data sets, climate simulations, and iterative forward modeling of depositional systems to develop a unique, big-picture understanding of basin scale processes. He is also interested in lacustrine source rock prediction, basin modelling, and unconventional resource technology. His work with Dr. Scholz will focus on the structural geology and stratigraphic architecture of the lakes in the East African Rift System.