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

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 8, 2019
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.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
July 8, 2019
Nevada is no stranger to earthquakes.
July 5, 2019
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.
February 4, 2019
No one knows when the big one will hit Las Vegas, but that's not stopping researchers at UNLV from trying to predict if and when it could happen.

Articles Featuring Wanda Taylor

graphic depiction of seismograph during earthquake
Business and CommunityJuly 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.