Wanda Taylor

Professor of Geology
Expertise: Earthquakes, Geology, Structural Geology, Tectonics, Neotectonics


Wanda Taylor is a professor of geoscience whose research specializes in earthquakes, structural geology, tectonics, and neotectonics. She studies regional tectonics and faulting processes, with a current focus on the Las Vegas Valley’s sediments and their relation to faults in and around Southern Nevada. Taylor is frequently called on by Nevada media to discuss the region's earthquake risk and related preparedness strategies. 

Taylor has taught courses on topics including geology and natural disasters. She has been featured in numerous publications such as Proceedings, Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Advances in Analysis, Modeling, and Design, and the Journal of Earth Science

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Wanda Taylor In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
The 6.5-magnitude Tonopah earthquake was felt by many here in southern Nevada. It’s now raising questions if a similar-sized quake could rock the valley anytime soon.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Nevada faces a low potential of California’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggering a seismic event along one of its many fault lines, according to an earthquake expert.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
Nevada is no stranger to earthquakes.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
An earthquake in California's Searles Valley, 150 miles from Las Vegas, sent the Vegas valley into a series of shakes and rumbles Thursday morning.

Articles Featuring Wanda Taylor

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

graphic depiction of seismograph during earthquake
Business and Community | July 12, 2019

Nevada is the nation’s third-most seismically active state and neighbors quake-prone California, which experienced two temblors in early July felt in Las Vegas. UNLV geoscientist Wanda Taylor explains why, and what we can do to prepare.